Dr. Jana Heinz


Sociology of Science

Studied English literature & language and German as a foreign language at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (M.A., 1996), Oxford Brooks University, Great Britain (Diploma in Advanced Study, 1993) and at Université Nr. X Nanterre-Paris, France (Licence d’Etudes Franco-Allemande, 1995). Research assistant at the chair of general and theoretical sociology at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (Ph.D., 2006). Post-doc at the chair of pedagogical psychology at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, the chair of teaching and learning research, and chair at the Friedrich Schiedel Endowed Chair of Sociology of Science, Technical University of Munich.

Current research

  • Habilitation thesis on non-contemporaneous modernization strategies in the education systems – between rigid educational structures and activated social subjects

  • Co-Construction of the European Higher Education Area following the Bologna Process
  • Digitalisation of schools
  • New participatory infrastructures in schools


  • Heinz, Jana (2018): Die Verbindung informellen und formellen digitalen Lernens in Grundschulen. In N. Kahnwald & V. Täubig (Eds.), Informelles Lernen. Eine Standortbestimmung (1st ed., pp. 107–123). Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH; Springer VS.
  • Heinz, Jana. (2018): Zwischen Bereicherung und Belastung.: Einführung digitaler Medien in Grundschulen. Lernende Schule, 18, 42–45.
  • Heinz, Jana (2017): Neue partizipative Netzwerke zwischen Lehrkräften, Eltern und bürgerschaftlich Aktiven. Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen, 30(4).
  • Heinz, Jana (2016): Digital Skills and the Influence of Students’ Socio-Economic Background. An Exploratory Study in German Elementary Schools. In: Italian Journal of Sociology of Education. 8 (2), S. 186–212. DOI: 10.14658/pupj.
  • Heinz, Jana; Enghag, Margareta; Stuchlikova, Iva; Cakmakci, Gultekin; Peleg, Ran; Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet (2016): Impact of initiatives to implement science inquiry: a comparative study of the Turkish, Israeli, Swedish and Czech science education systems. In: Cultural Studies of Science Education 11, S. 1–32. DOI: 10.1007/s11422-015-9704-6.
  • Heinz, Jana; Brand, Karl-Werner (2015): Schulische Defizite und bürgerschaftliches Engagement. In: Leviathan 43 (4), S. 593–615. DOI: 10.5771/0340-0425-2015-4-593.

→ Current Courses

  • Sociologies of education
  • Theories in sociology
  • European Sociological Association (ESA)
  • Research Network 10 – Sociology of Education
  • German Sociological Assocation (DGS)
  • Sektion Bildung und Erziehung
  • Munich Institute for Social and Sustainability Research