The ZSBH is a platform for researchers at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz dedicated to investigate the conditions and constraints under which education and knowledge develops within and outside of educational institutions in modern science-oriented societies. Research projects focus on empirical and theoretical analyses of educational processes, governance in educational institutions, curriculum development, learning and instruction, professionals who create and represent educational settings, and social change processes and their impact on the organization of education. As a result, four research areas have emerged:
- Issues on Learning and Instruction
- Transitions and Selection in Educational Careers
- Governance in Educational Institutions
- Professional Development
These four research areas can be taken to cover the core dimensions of School as well as Educational Research and Research on Higher Education.