Central Institute for Education and Instruction

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The Central Institute for Education and Teaching was an institute in Berlin and was founded in 1915 in Berlin via the “Jubilee Foundation for Education and Teaching” under Prussian sponsorship. The inspiration behind it was the pedagogue Julius Draw , who had thought of a Reich School Museum. After the First World War, it was continued as a foundation mainly by the German states (excluding Bavaria) in order to exercise an educational and didactic advisory function. From 1934 to 1945 it was under the Reich Ministry for Science, Education and National Education .

The leaders were the reform pedagogues Ludwig Pallat (1915–33; 1934–38), Franz Hilker (managing director 1930–1933), the National Socialist Ernst Bargheer (1933/34) and the Nazi racist Rudolf Benze (since 1938). The Pedagogical Central Journal was published as a specialist journal . After the various exhibitions, the institute also set up a radio and film department. In the Weimar Republic it was the most effective training institute in the German Reich. The institute supervised the German schools abroad as well as foreign teachers in Germany (see now the Pedagogical Exchange Service ). With the Rankenheim , the institute had a training center known as the “Reichsschulungsstätte” for teachers to familiarize them with the Nazi educational ideology.


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  • Günther Böhme : The Central Institute for Education and Teaching and its leaders. On education between the German Empire and National Socialism. Karlsruhe 1971.
  • Heinz-Elmar Tenorth : The Central Institute for Education and Teaching. Extra-university educational science between politics, education and research . In: Extra-university educational science in Germany. An attempt at a historical inventory . Edited by Gert Geißler, Ulrich Wiegmann. Böhlau, Cologne 1996, pp. 113-135

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