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Mareike Brehmer

PhD Research Fellow

120 ( Universitetsveien 32, Kristiansand )
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I started my work as a PhD Research Fellow at UiA in 2019, having graduated from the University of Kiel (Germany) with a Master of Arts in Education and International Comparative Sociology. 

My research aims to identify factors which influence adolescent bystanders' judgments in situations of discriminatory peer behaviour on the individual and intergroup level. The findings of my research will contribute to resource-oriented pedagogy and the connection between disciplines such as sociology, social psychology and education.

Research interests

Ph. D. project (2021-2024):

Adolescents’ bystander intentions in situations of verbal abuse among peers in the school environment

This interdisciplinary Ph. D. project transfers social psychological theories into the educational context. Applying quantitative studies at Southern Norwegian lower secondary schools, it examines the predictability of adolescents' various intentions to intervene in a hypothetical situation of verbal abuse among peers via the constructs known from the Theory of Planned Behaviour (Ajzen) and Social Cognitive Theory (Bandura). The studies to be conducted will examine a) how attitudes, subjective norms and perceived behavioural control predict various subtypes of bystander behaviour, b) how victimisation is related to bullying sensitivity, moral disengagement, and defender self-efficacy and their prediction of bystander intentions, and c) how intergroup relations moderate the previously mentioned effects. Overall, the research projects aims at contributing further knowledge to the role of bystanders in bullying situations to inform resource-oriented practical pedagogical work by teachers and other practitioners.

Project on ResearchGate

Courses and teaching

PED240     Democracy and Education - Course responsible (Autumn '22)

PED432     Democracy and Education - Course responsible (Autumn '22)

PED240     Democracy and Education - Course responsible (Autumn '21)

PED432     Democracy and Education - Course responsible (Autumn '21)

PED148-2  Individ og samfunn - Seminar leader (Autumn '20)

Work experience

since 2019: PhD Research Fellow, University of Agder

2018 - 2019: Social and Asylum Process Counselor, German Red Cross

2017 - 2018: Teacher, "German B1+ (for the job)" for adult immigrants, DAA  Kiel

2014 - 2018: Student Assistant, Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN, Kiel)

Academic interests

Democratic Education

Social Psychology

Quantitative Methods


Erasmus+ project (2022-2024):

ValiDe - Values in Democracy Education: European University Cooperation in Teacher Education for "Democratic Values Education in Primary Schools"

The project answers to the need to strengthen democracy education in primary schools on the level of initial primary school teacher education. It serves to enhance future teachers’ competencies to deal with social, cultural, religious and hence values diversity in the classroom and foster democratic values at the same time. Values are regarded as crucial psychological resources, used to foster attitudes, guide decisions and take actions. Their implication of ethical normativity strongly requires critical thinkers. Critical thinking helps us uncover our assumptions and understand opposing viewpoints. School shall help pupils to be inquisitive and ask questions, develop scientific and critical thinking and act with ethical awareness.

For this target three university departments of pedagogic science and three local NGOs are going to work together and design a substantial and innovative, long-lasting cooperation. In a three-year implementation-period a student exchange between the three European Universities (University of Education Weingarten/Germany, Pedagogical University Krakow/Poland and University of Agder/Norway) shall be set up for further continuation.

Inspired by the idea of a "Global Ethic" (Global Ethic Foundation, Tübingen), enriched by educational concepts for peace and human rights (Arkivet, Norway) and complemented by the vision of harmony in a democratic society (Centrum Edukacji ProHarmonia, Poland) the program is intended to shape the students' competencies on values education in primary schools using a multilevel approach. The teacher student training will consist of workshops, visits to the project-partners and practical insight into primary schools in each nation. The participants are to collaborate with students from the partner universities on questions of educational science regarding democratic values education.The output of the program will comprise a detailed exchange course description and a collection of didactic material ready for use in primary schools. The project will also be matter of two research interests: (1) What national curricular and strategic differences in values education policies can be found? (2) In what respect do the students show changes in beliefs, attitudes and competencies regarding values education in due course of the exchange program?

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