The GAB München association e.V. conducts research, promotes scientific exchanges around questions of vocational training and organizational developments and introduces research projects in these fields with the principal aim of gathering knowledge.
The association’s research questions range from:
How can uncertainty and openness be used as a potential opportunity for improving innovation? (example: project KES-MI)
How can artistic practices optimize the learning and working environments for individuals today? (example: project KunDien)
Which pedagogical concepts are appropriate in order to cultivate equal opportunities as well as social and cultural integration? (example: project Intercultural Steiner Schools)
How can structures support life-long learning and development for people? How can the entrance to higher education be facilitated for non-traditional graduates and how can universities open up to practitioners? (example: project Studica)
Which competencies and skills promote a contemporary approach to vocational education and what do typical tasks and work divisions look like? (example: Study on the Qualification Needs of Educators and Trainers).
In order to encourage scientific exchanges, the association organizes and hosts various information and discussion rounds. For example, researchers were brought together to discuss and exchange ideas around the association’s findings in the context of a lecture series ‘GAB in Dialogue’ including participants from both academic and practical backgrounds (example: Schule ist bunt! (School is multi-colored!)). We steer, accompany and evaluate the processes of applied vocational training approaches through practical research and academic support. We are primarily concerned with general scientific and association-based insights. Another example would be our scientific accompaniment of projects that aim to highlight artistic or creative alternatives to current practices (for example the project ‘Take Off’, which deals with the improving integration perspectives of disadvantaged youth). From all these projects we are able to deduct common findings such as insights about the value of the range of cultural and artistic approaches for the associated target groups and for society.
All of the association’s findings can be publically accessed and specifically supports initiatives that are working or looking to work with holistic and contemporary solutions for questions around work and employment.