Extracurricular Education

Prof. Dr. Peter Rieker

Education beyond the school system is highly important for the process of growing up and for the development of children and youths. This fact has also been widely discussed in educational sciences for some time now. Offers of extracurricular education can be found in different fields of youth welfare, yet diverse activities in families and peer groups are also relevant as contexts of informal processes of education. At the University of Zurich’s Institute of Education, offers and interventions of youth welfare, corresponding educational and learning processes, their surrounding conditions as well as processes concerned with learning and development in regard to family and peer group are taken into account. Where research is concerned, special attention is directed to children and youths who face special strains, show conspicuousness, and indicate problematic developments; in this context, conditions and progressions of these developments as well as their treatment within the limits of family, peer group, and youth welfare are focused here. It is also important to document performances and development needs of professional offers and to evaluate these on the basis of systematic analyses.


Research (Selection)

Current Research Projects:

Ways out of Delinquency – Reintegration of Young Convicted Delinquents

„Wege aus der Straffälligkeit – Reintegration verurteilter Straftäter“


Peer-Specific Socialisation Processes during Adolescence

Peerspezifische Sozialisationsprozesse im Jugendalter


Unaccompanied Minor Refugees in Institutional Care: Chances and Challenges

Unbegleitete minderjährige Geflüchtete in institutioneller Betreuung: Chancen und Herausforderungen


Completed Research Projetcs:

Child and Youth Participation in Switzerland

Socio-Emotional Abuse of Adolescents

Evaluation “Thuringian Counselling Service for Parents, Children, and Adolescents – Exit from Right-Wing Extremism and Violence”

BoysToMen Evaluation


 Publications (Selection)

Rieker, Peter (2016): Pathways to Right-Wing Extremism. DJI International tumblr. Available at: http://dji-international.tumblr.com/post/134913065636/pathways-to-right-wing-extremism-the

Rieker, Peter/Wegel, Melanie (2015): The Importance of Fathers for Boys’ Development – a Comparison between the Perspectives of Male Adolescents and Adult Men. In: Camilla Hällgren/Elza Dunkels/Gun-Marie Frånberg (ed.): Invisible Boy: The Making of Contemporary Masculinities. Umeå: Umeå University, 59–68. Available at:https://invisibleboydotorg.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/invisible_boy_web.pdf

Rieker, Peter/Mörgen, Rebecca/Schnitzer, Anna/Stroezel, Holger (2014): Summary of the Research Project’s Final Report: Participation of Children and Youths in Switzerland. Available here: Rieker et al. - Participation of Children and Youths in Switzerland - Final Report (PDF, 201 KB)

Rieker, Peter/Glaser, Michaela/Schuster, Silke (ed.) (2006): Prevention of Right-Wing-Extremism, Xenophobia, and Racism in European Perspective. Halle: DJI. Available at: http://www.dji.de/fileadmin/user_upload/bibs/96_6736_Prevention_of_Right_Wing_Extremism.pdf

Rieker, Peter (2006): Juvenile Right-Wing Extremism and Xenophobia in Germany: Research and Prevention. In: Peter Rieker/Michaela Glaser/Silke Schuster (ed.): Prevention of Right-Wing-Extremism, Xenophobia, and Racism in European Perspective. Halle: DJI, 67–78. Available here: Rieker - Juvenile Right-Wing-Extremism and Xenophobia in Germany (PDF, 4 MB)

Rieker, Peter (2004): Youth Work with Right-Wing Youths: Limitations of Educational Approaches and Opportunities for Inter-Professional Co-Operation. In: Sibylle Hübner-Funk (ed.): Research in Progress. Selected Studies of the German Youth Institute. München: DJI, 163–173. Available here: Rieker - Youth Work with Right-Wing Youths (PDF, 3 MB)

Rieker, Peter (2003): Pedagogical Programs for Right-wing Extremist Youth: Experiences and Challenges. In: Newsletter – European Association for Research on Adolescence, 10. Available here: Rieker - EARA Newsletter (PDF, 385 KB)

Weiss, Karin/Rieker, Peter (1997): Ethnicity and Conflict among Young Refugees in Germany. In: Social Work in Europe 4 (3), 20–24. Available here: Weiss/Rieker - Ethnicity and Conflict among Young Refugees in Germany (PDF, 2 MB)


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Universität Zürich
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Daniel Werner: dwerner@ife.uzh.ch