Aachen Talks on Inclusion at School to be Held Online


Department of Educational Science with a Focus on Diversity to host a number of online talks on the topic of inclusion at school.


The talks, which will be held in German, are scheduled to take place Tuesdays between 6:30 and 8pm.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

  • Dr. Christine Preißmann: „Menschen mit Autismus – Was ist hilfreich in der Schule? Bedürfnisse, Erfahrungen und Hilfen”
    (Pupils with Autism – What Can Help at School?)

The specific characteristics of children and youths with autism lead to several problems and misunderstandings in everyday life at school. But it is possible for such pupils to succeed at school.

Christine Preißmann is a physician with a focus on general medicine and psychotherapy.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

  • Dr. Benjamin Haas: “‘Nicht normal’ gemacht: Zur Konstruktion des Phänomens ADHS im sonderpädagogischen Fachdiskurs mit einem besonderen Blick auf Normierungen und Normalisierungen”
    (Made ‘Non-normal’: On the Construction of the ADHD Phenomenon in the Professional Discourse in Special Needs Education)”

‘Non-normal’ behaviors at school are often categorized as ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. At the same time, attention is drawn on the ‘problem of inclusion’ in the educational system: In educational specialist discourse, ADHD is constructed as a category of 'non-normal' behavior. Which blind spots can be identified, and in what ways is the ‘non-normal’ standardized and normalized?

Haas studied Special Needs Education and worked as a teacher; today he is reader in Inclusive Pedagogy for Adolescents at the University of Bremen.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

  • Professor André Zimpel: „Die Auswirkung einer Trisomie 21 auf Sprache, Denken und Verhalten – Folgen für einen fairen Nachteilsausgleich unter der Berücksichtigung von Neurodiversität“
    (The Effects of Trisomy 21 on Language, Thought, and Behavior – Consequences for a Fair Compensation of Disadvantages Under Consideration of Neurodiversity Aspects)

Individuals with trisomy 21 make sense of the world in a different way from people without this genetic condiction. A re-evaluation of the syndrome casts a different light on the intellectual development potential of all people subsumed under the heading of neurodiversity. Human intelligence is based, above all, on social competence.

Zimpel studied mathematics, painting & graphic arts, special needs pedagaogy, psychology, and neurology. He is director of the Center for Neurodiversity Research ZNDF.

Further information and Zoom access links: Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft: Aachener Abendgespräche 2020/21