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The work at the Professorship for Media Competence and Appropriation Research pursues the goal of training qualified workers in the complex area of media education in both areas of research and practice.

The core of media education theory is the self-determined and critical-reflective action of subjects. This is focused on with the concept of "media competence", which has now found its way into both the guidelines of the Ministries of Education and the curricula of further education.

The empirical (qualitative and quantitative) research of the professorship focuses on the fields of media competence and appropriation research, digital and especially mobile media in the everyday life of children, teenagers, and adults, as well as the use of media in teaching and learning processes. The ongoing goal of the media education department is to differentiate the concept of media competence and to adapt it to current and future media requirements. In particular, the implications of mobile media and their acquisition by children, teenagers and adults in relation to the dimensions of media competence and lifelong learning processes are examined and explored.

In practical media education projects, which are carried out with different cooperation partners, the students acquire media education skills and media competence in the context of different target groups (children, teenagers, adults, senior citizens) and different media-specific topics (e.g. mobile media use, computer games).

  • Media competence and appropriation research
  • Exploring digital childhood and youth
  • Qualitative and quantitative media research/evaluation
  • Computer games, serious games and gender
  • Mobile media in everyday life for children, teenagers, and adults
  • E-learning and mobile learning, e.g. in further education
  • Aspects of youth media protection



The team of the Professorship for Media Competence and Appropriation Research currently consists of four research associates, one research assistant, one student assistant, and the secretary’s office.

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Our Team

In our overview, you will find all team members of the Professorship for Media Competence and Appropriation Research.

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We devote ourselves to media competence and appropriation research and deal, among other things, with research revolving around digital childhood and adolescence, mobile media in everyday life for children, adolescents and adults, e-learning and aspects of youth media protection.

To the Publications

The team of Prof. Dr. Sonja Ganguin regularly publishes national and international specialist articles. Read more about the entire list of publications at the Professorship of Media Competence and Appropriation Research.

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Nahaufnahme eines Tablets. Eine Hand tippt darauf herum.
Nahaufnahme einer Hand, die ein Smartphone hält. Im Hintergrund helles Sonnenlicht.
Nahaufnahme einer Filmrolle vor orange-gelbem Hintergrund.
Aufnahme einer Bahnhofshalle. Links sind Gleise zu sehen sowie ein Zug. Rechts im Vordergrund eine junge Frau von hinten, die auf dem Bahnsteig steht und eine Fotokamera in der Hand hält.
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Contact and Directions

Secretary’s Office

 Klaudia Kappmann

Klaudia Kappmann

Associate for administrative tasks

Zentrum für Medienproduktion (ZMP)
Emil-Fuchs-Straße 1, Room 1.15
04105 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-35850
Fax: +49 341 97-35859


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