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“Learning Locally”-Studies published

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It’s the aim of the project “Learning Locally”, to represent the educational landscape of the Rems-Murr-Kreis in a transparent way, to clarify responsibilities, to gather offers and educational institutions, and to coordinate, to network and to facilitate access. IRIS e.V., it covers two areas of the educational landscape in the Rems-Murr-Kreis. These first one is the non-formal and informal education programs in the specific structure of the associational youth work and the second one covers the structures and deals of continuing vocational training in the Rems-Murr-Kreis.

The results of these studies have now been published: see page on the reports

Results of “Learning Locally”

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It’s the aim of the project “Learning Locally”, to represent the educational landscape of the Rems-Murr-Kreis in a transparent way, to clarify responsibilities, to gather offers and educational institutions, and to coordinate, to network and to facilitate access. IRIS e.V., it covers two areas of the educational landscape in the Rems-Murr-Kreis. These firstly are the non-formal and informal education programs in the specific structure of the associational youth work and on the other hand the structures and deals of continuing vocational training in the Rems-Murr-Kreis.

The results of the studies on the two sub-topics can be downloaded from

More information about the project

TTV – Tools of the Trade for Teaching in VET

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Background of the project

The subject of the project is the teaching practice of trainers in VET (vocational and educational training).

The teaching practice of trainers is a strategically important issue for the quality of output and outcome in VET. Therefore the teaching practice has to be focused in the debate on development and the improvement of the VET system.

Project AdA – Train the Trainer

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This project is meant to link research generated knowledge on education and learning with the practice of professional training.

The target of the project are trainers in SMEs especially in the crafts sector,  masters and trainers in the non-profit sector and lower secondary school teachers.

The project supports members of the target groups to develop further their professional competence to empower them to improve education and learning processes for young people with problem-laden school careers. The project consists of
six inter-related modules (only in German). It supports trainers in the different target contexts in reflecting on their everyday practice and thus develop their professional competence.
Contact partners: Martin Alber, Sabine Riescher, Gebhard SteinBarbara Stock und Sibylle Walter.

This project is funded from the Federal Government’s programme “XENOS – Integration und Vielfalt

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Make use of intercultural potential

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IRIS has been involved in the project ZIP-EQUAL from 2005 to 2008. The project has been dealing with the identification and development of intercultural potential among staff and HR managers in the field of public organisations and SMEs. Under the heading “Make use of intercultural potential”, IRIS has now published a comprehensive report.

Download the PDF version of the report.

ZIP-Report: To use intercultural potential

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The results of the project “ZIP.Konzepte”  are documented in the following publication in detailed form:

Martin Alber, Andreas Foitzik, Jutta Goltz, Sabine Riescher, Gebhard Stein, Barbara Stock, Sibylle Walter (2008): Interkulturelle Potenziale nutzen. Ergebnisse aus dem Projekt “Zukunfts-orientierteinterkulturelle Personalentwicklungsstrategie” (ZIP). 2005-2008. Tübingen.

This report is available in our download section to download as a PDF file.

For more information on the project go to: ZIP-Project description.

Practice Workshops Competence Assessment

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IRIS e.V. is the scientific monitoring of the ESF – project “Praxiswerkstatt – Praxisorientierte Berufliche Kompetenzfeststellung” at Offenburg.

The project is a cooperation between the CCI BildungsZentrum and the Gewerbe Akademie Offenburg. It is financed by the ESF, the Federal Employment Agency and the Office of School and Education – Ortenau. The goal of the project is to provide an active support for pupils during the progress of occupational orientation. This is why the project enables a realistic contact with various vocations. In the centre of this is hands-on experience, where pupils shall gain a realistic impression of the respective vocations in order to position their own occupational future. Additionally the systematic survey of teachers, pupils, parents and instructors ought to assist in promoting successful occupational choices in young people.


Contact at IRIS: Gebhard Stein , Barbara Bumbarger

Details on ZIP-EQUAL

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Future-oriented intercultural strategies of human resources development (ZIP)

Funded under the EQUAL-Program through the European Social Fund (ESF) and the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Coordinated by BBQ gGmbH, Stuttgart.

Duration: 2006-2007

The action research project ZIP is a so called EQUAL-Development Partnership which consists of educational institutions and institutions of public Administration in the Stuttgart area.
Beyond this regional connection ZIP is linked with seven EQUAL-funded projects in Europe.
Iris e.V. represents one of the regional projects which is called: ZIP.Concepts.

Other projects of the Development Partnership in the Stuttgart area are:

ZIP.Culture (Forum der Kulturen)

ZIP.EuroCompetence (Berufsbildungswerk ENAIP e.V)

ZIP.EuroSkill (BBQ Berufliche Bildung gGmbH)

ZIP.PE (Jugendamt der Stadt Stuttgart)

ZIP.Selbstorganisation (Schulzentrum Silberburg)


Short description of ZIP.Concepts

Up to now small and medium-sized enterprises and organisations only insignificant regard and benefit intercultural dimensions as a resource for their Institution.

Therefore main argue of ZIP.Concepts is that in particular the diversity of employees can be opened up and be of use on several different levels. The project aims therefore on the taping of intercultural resources and links by that intercultural issue with the newer european discussion about learning and education.

ZIP.Concepts aims at two target groups:

Personnel officers and decision makers in enterprises and organisations who want to reflect and make use of the cultural diversity of their employees.
Employees in enterprises and organisations who are confronted in their everyday working life with the intercultural thematic and therefore want to consider this issue.

„ZIP.Concepts” aims at different levels:

On the level of the development partnership:

IRIS e.V. introduces theoretical basics into the development partnership. Above all these are concepts of diversity management and about informal and self-directed learning. Central point is the link between learning and intercultural dimensions.
Together with the other partners of the development partnership there will be developed an audit-procedure for small and medium-sized enterprises. Therefore institutional change processes in intercultural contexts shall be monitored and corresponding general conditions established institutional.

On the level of the enterprises and organisations:

In context with ZIP.Concepts we cooperate with different enterprises and organisations in Baden-Württemberg on a different level of intensity and as regards main content. We cooperate for example with organisations of vocational youth assistance, job creation companies, small and medium-sized businesses and professional associations.
In these projects we operationalise, test and link together with the cooperating organisations and enterprises concepts as diversity management with the discussion about informal and self-directed learning strategies. Through this we gain to develop concepts to widen existing learning settings and link them with institutional development processes towards an intercultural opening process. This means that we are for example reflecting used instruments which are used to register occasional competencies in the light of intercultural dimensions. At the same time the qualification of personal managers in the cooperating organisations and enterprises plays an important role. For this not only attitudes of the employees are reflected in intercultural trainings but also methods evolved to develop intercultural potential of the target group.

EQUAL project “ZIP” has started

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In November 2005, IRIS has started a cooperation in the EQUAL development consortium “ZIP”.
ZIP will develop new ways on how to deal with diversity in transitions to work. The partnership is coordinated by Stuttgart based training provider ENAIP.

Youth report Baden-Württemberg 2003

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Youth report Baden-Wuerttemberg 2003

In 2002/2003 IRIS e.V. produced (together with colleagues from the University of Tuebingen) the part-report “Youth work” within the 2nd Youth Report in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

The aim of the IRIS-part was to explain the structure of children and youth work in Baden-Wuerttemberg but also its resources and perspectives, especially related to ist relevance for “formation” and “education”.
Some of the most important aspects are:

  • One of the main resources of children and youth work is ist richness and variety in practical experiences with very different target groups.
  • Children and youth work is a self-evident fact of social infrastructure in communities.
  • Children and youth work is able to activate a high number of voluntaries with a high potential of experiences with an effect also e.g. to enterprises.
  • Children and youth work has developed a variety of co-operation relationships durign the last years e.g in relation to youth employment services or youth services, school system and the economic system.

In the last children and youth works was involved in several interesting discourses, e.g.:

  • Participation in processes of decisions concerning subject with direct relevance and the participation in the societal development is a basic principle for children and youth work.
  • Gender relations in the meaning of specialized services for young women or men (girls and boys) and as co-educative offers in other sitations have to react to the specific needs of children and youth.
  • Formation and education is a central aspect in children and youth work. Social education is added by political and social education, forms of adventure orientated and cultural pedagogics etc.

An important strength of children and youth work is to have a broad knowledge about experiences and methods araound informal learning processes with differentiated target groups, also with so called disadvantaged groups of young people.
In the results of interviews with experts, reviews and analysis of material could be shown that the resources of children and youth work are often underestimated. Especially by members of the school system but also by youth services or youth administration system. But there is also a problem “inside” children and youth work to present their potentials adequately. A chance to improve reflection and to get aware of the own strengths is to be engaged in new forms of co-operations the debate around new school systems (full-time school). By this could be reached a revaluation of children and youth work in education und culture policies.

Overview: Youth report Baden-Wuerttemberg, Volume “Children and youth work”.
Regional survey by expert interviews, group discussions, Analysis of technical literature.

Initiator: Land Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ministery of Social Affairs
Contractor: Research co-operation (University Tuebingen, Social pedagogics, IRIS e.V.)

Time: January 2002 – December 2003.
Product: Youth Report


Contact person at IRIS: Gebhard Stein

Young People and Transition Policies in Europe

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European Conference for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners on the experiences of young people with support measures for transitions to work, 6-8 June 2002 in Madrid.

From 6 to 8 June 2002 IRIS together with AREA (Asociácion Regional y Europea de Análisis, Valencia) and in collaboration with the Spanish Youth Institute organised a European conference on “Young People and Transition Policies in Europe”. The conference addressed policy makers, institutional representatives and researchers.

The project started from the observation that existing policies struggle with addressing transition related risks of social exclusion effectively. High shares of dropping out and ‘status zer0’ youth withdrawing from formal transition agencies, and of those who are unemployed after participating in training or employment schemes stand for ‘misleading trajectories’: integration policies reproducing exclusion instead. Although focussing different aspects of youth transitions and transition policies the selected projects shared a holistic perspective aiming at integrating systemic and subjective dimensions of social integration; this means matching with changing labour markets as well as meeting young people’s subjective needs and satisfaction. Under conditions of de-standardised transitions the compartmentalisation of transition related policies – education, training, labour market policies, welfare, youth policy – tends to reinforce structures of selectivity and segmentation contributing to social inequality according to education and social background, gender, and ethnicity. The concept of Integrated Transition Policies, one of the joint concepts referred to, aims at a coordination of policies in a biographical perspective which reflects the specificity of individual cases and allow for the active participation of young people as actors of their transitions.

The discussions during the conference centred around policy dilemmas arising from  the research presentations such as the contradictions between competence and employability or between flexibility and security, questions how to meet the needs of the most disadvantaged without stigmatising them and also how to assess the effects of transition policies which includes the question for success criteria which are more comprehensive than counting participants placed in (some) jobs after a scheme.

All participants confirmed that the conference provided a unique opportunity of dialogue between research and policy taking place in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere. A book publication containing the conference proceedings has been published with the Policy Press (López Blasco, A., McNeish, W. & Walther, A. (eds.) (2003) Contradictions of Inclusion: Young People and Policies for Transitions to Work across Europe. Bristol: Policy Press).

Other projects on transitions before 2000

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Construction of a regional network for the creation of new employment opportunities in the social services area for women in a rural countryside (funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Art. 10)

Regional studies on young people’s transitions to work (Regions: Zollernalbkreis 1990, Ostalbkreis 1992, Alb-Donau-Kreis 1997, Landkreis Sigmaringen 1998).


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