Student Journals of the 1950s and 1960s in the Federal Republic of Germany

The projected publication "School journals of the 1950s and 1960s in the Federal Republic of Germany. Artefacts of secondary school cultures and their changing role” will document the results of the DFG-funded BBF research project of the same name.

Project Description

The German Research Foundation (DFG) funded the project “PAUSE – student journals of the 1950s and 1960s in the Federal Republic of Germany: Artefacts of secondary school culture and their changing role” which focused on the reconstruction of cultural changes in post-war German grammar schools. Research was based on the comprehensive collection of student journals held at the BBF which encompasses more than 7,000 copies.

For the first time, a large corpus of student journals published in West Germany during the period under study could be researched from a historical perspective. By evaluating, for example, the forms and places of publication, the price and circulation of the journals, the project made a significant contribution to the history of school journals and their distribution in the West German school system. Qualitative case studies of school journals of individual schools deepened the insight into the role that school journals played as artefacts produced by students themselves. How did the pupils perceive "their" school? How have opportunities for participation and relationships of authority changed? These questions and other aspects of everyday school life were examined from an educational history perspective.

In addition to the case analyses from the project, the volume will contain a history of school journals in German-speaking countries. A separate chapter will be devoted to the school journals and their functional equivalents in the GDR, the school wall journals.

Project Management

Project Team

Project Details

Project type: Publishing project
Current projects
11/2012 – 12/2022
Research field: Historical Practice of School, Instruction and Education
Contact: Denise Löwe