Universität Bielefeld

© Universität Bielefeld

AG 1:
Allgemeine Erziehungs­wissen­schaft

Prof. Dr. Helga Kelle

Photography of Professor Doctor Helga Kelle

Teaching and Research Focus

  • Childhood, Gender, and Educational Studies
  • Theories of Education, Bildung, Childhood and Generational Order
  • Qualitative Methods of Social Research
  • Ethnographic Methods and Methodology
  • Practice-Theoretical and Cultural Analysis of Developmental Observations and Diagnostics


Research Projects



  • 1981-1987: Diploma Studies at Bielefeld University. Major Subject: Education, Minor Subjects: Psychology and Sociology, Additional Subject: Sport
  • 1988-1991: Doctorate at Bielefeld University's Faculty of Educational Science. Dissertation: 'Studies on the Development of Critical Theory and its Reception in Educational Science'
  • 1992-1993: Translations in the field of feminist theory of science
  • 1993-1997: Research associate at the German Research Foundation Project 'Processes of Political Socialization in 9- to 12-Year-Old Boys and Girls', Bielefeld University
  • 1998-2000: Post-doctoral habilitation at the University of Potsdam, Faculty of Human Science, Thesis: 'The Construction of Social Order Through Children. Ethnographical Studies and Contributions to Methodology'
  • 2001: License to teach 'Educational Science', Privatdozentin [senior lecturer] at the University of Potsdam
  • 2001: Guest lecturer, Central European University, Budapest, Department of Gender Studies
  • 2001-2004: Stand-in professor at the Universities of Duisburg, Göttingen, Gießen, and Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, all Germany
  • 2004-2013: Professor of 'Educational Sciences with a Focus on Educational Processes of Primary-School-Age Children' at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University of Frankfurt, Institute for Preschool and Primary Education
  • Since 2013: Professor of General Educational Science at Bielefeld University's Faculty of Educational Science


Awards and Scholarships

  • 1989-1991: Doctoral scholarship from Studienstiuftung des Deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)
  • 1998-2000: Post-doctoral habilitation scholarship from the German Research Foundation
  • 2000: Advancement Award from the German Educational Research Association

zum Seitenanfang

Further Academic Activities and Memberships

  • Since 1994: Member of Division 11 - Gender Studies and Education of the German Educational Research Association
  • Since 1998: Member of the 'Sociology of Childhood' section of the German Sociological Association; 1999-2005: One of the section speakers
  • Since 2001: Member of Division 2 - General Education of the German Educational Research Association, Subdivision Anthropology in Education
  • Since 2007: Member of the Subdivision Primary Education of the German Educational Research Association
  • Since 2007: Expert on the approval of study and PhD scholarships at the German Academic Scholarship Foundation
  • Regular peer reviewer for the journals Childhood. A Global Journal of Child Research; Children & Society; Feministische Studien; Zeitschrift für Grundschulforschung (ZfG); Zeitschrift für Pädagogik (ZfPäd); Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation (ZSE); Zeitschrift für Soziologie (ZfS)
  • Peer reviewer for research proposals submitted to the German Research Foundation; the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO); the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF); the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF), and the Sparkling Science Research Programme
  • Since 2012 Elected member of the Review Board 109 (Educational Research), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), and since 2016 Deputy Spokesperson
  • Since 2014 Appointed member of the Bundesjugendkuratorium (Expert Advisory Board in questions of childhood and youth services and policies) at the German Ministry of Family, Elderly, Women, and Youth



  • 1998-2008: Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Feministische Studien (since 2008: Member of the advisory board)
  • Since 2008: Co-editor of the Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation
  • Since 2016: Editor of the Journal Series Kindheiten [Childhoods]. Beltz Juventa

zum Seitenanfang


Monographs and Edited Books

zum Seitenanfang

Editorship of Key Issues in Journals

zum Seitenanfang

Academic Journals

zum Seitenanfang

Contributions to Collective Works

zum Seitenanfang

Contributions to Compendia and Lexica

zum Seitenanfang