This (German language) book describes the concept of pupils’ cooperatives and places it firmly into the educational discourse on learning in school firms. Current empirical and theoretical research on the topos of school firms is contrasted with own field research. The latter consists of three surveys with about 1.000 youth, 95 teachers and 30 cooperative representatives and was conducted between 2007 and 2013.
Based on a comparison with the educational objectives school firms are generally seen to have as well as the latest quality standards declared, this research focusses on the educational effects which can be attributed to the cooperative organisational model and the external support offered by the cooperative federations. The mixed method research gives a good insight into the degree to which the entrepreneurship practized can duely be seen to be democratic and self-organized. It becomes apparent in which ways this learning arrangement indeed does support self organized, cooperative learning and what conditions need to prevail to make partnership learning an educational success.