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Professor Wibke Riekmann, Dipl.-Päd. (equiv. M.Ed.)

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Professor Wibke Riekmann, Dipl.-Päd. (equiv. M.Ed.)
Professor for Theory and Praxis in Social Pedagogy

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 Wibke Riekmann graduated with a Diplom in Pedagogy in 2002 with focus on “Extra-curricula children- -and adolescent education”. In 2010, she completed her doctoral work with her thesis titled  „Demokratie und Verein. Potenziale demokratischer Bildung in der Jugendarbeit“ (equiv. Democracy and clubs. Potentials of democratic education in youth work).

Primary focus of her work are evidence-based methods of Social Work; extra-curricula child- and adolescent education; (youth-) clubs, youth association work; democratic and political education; literacy research; history of child- and youth support; and volunteering.

Wibke Riekmann has obtained a range of experiences through freelance activities and consulting services. Besides, she completed a further training module on quantitative research methods in the field IRT. Further to this, she runs seminars and workshops and delivers lectures in social pedagogy and in adult education. She is a certified course instructor in the field alphabetization/DAF.


Wibke Riekmann has teaching experience in a range of areas. The diverse fields she has been involved in include the field professionalization and job ethics; methods in social work research; procedures and techniques of social work, qualitative research methods; quantitative research methods, gender, integration and intercultural aspects; self-awareness and external perception; introduction to adult education / further education with focus on political education; target group specific action in adult education; history and theory of social pedagogy / child- and adolescent education; fields of work in social pedagogy / child- and adolescent education; participation of children and adolescents, seminar instructions; Betzvata: a method of democratic education in adolescent- and adult association work.


Wibke Riekmann’s research interests range from dealing with psychologically affected children in schools to youth association work and every day stressors of illiterate adults.

Recently, she led the research of two projects, funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, at the University of Hamburg. Herein, the core research questions deals with understanding the role of participation, especially in interdisciplinary relationships of theory of social work and adult education.


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