Research

Most of our latest projects can be subsumed in the following main research areas:


Digital Transformation and Empowerment

 

Cultural Participation and Arts Education

Regional Development and Social Innovation
Research Synthesis in Educational Research

Further Projects in Educational Research

 

 

Based on our main research areas, together with colleagues from FAU, we recently founded the research field “Digital Cultural Spaces”.

We conduct research into life-long learning and teaching processes on several projects financed by third-party funding. Our studies include formal, informal, and non-formal aspects of the educational process. Our research has a broad focus, going beyond studies on students at schools, colleges, or universities: we also include informal education, as well as the field of early childhood and adult education. In our research projects, we aim at developing both domain-specific theoretical knowledge and practical concepts for interventions.

From a methodological perspective, these projects are characterized by a design-based research approach, including mixed methods, to gain a comprehensive understanding of processes and effects, and to develop suitable strategies for field interventions. A core feature of our study designs is that they include a broad range of empirical research methods: we both compute quantitative multi-level and structural-equation models, and conduct qualitative content analyses. Additionally, we attach great importance to the integration of these facets into a mixed-method approach. Data collected in our projects often go beyond the conventional questionnaires and interviews. Our methods include achievement tests and computer-simulated problem-solving scenarios to assess competencies as well as gathering physiological parameters and behavioral traces. Our projects span the whole range of the descriptive-correlational-experimental loop, from cross-sectional and longitudinal studies to controlled field experiments and interventions.