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

Research Syntheses Empowerment Education for Sustainable Development Further Projects in Educational Research


We conduct research into life-long learning and teaching processes on a number of 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 goes 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.

We collaborate widely, using both inter- and transdisciplinary approaches Internationally, our partners include Roberta Bosisio, Università degli Studi di Torino, Turin, Italy; Samuel Greiff, Université du Luxembourg; Leena Hanpää, Turku Institute for Child and Youth Research, Finland; Bernardo Hernandez, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain; M. Carmen Hidalgo, Universidad de Málaga, Spain; Jan Plass, New York University, USA; Gerhard Sonnert, Harvard-Smithsonian Institute for Astrophysics, USA. In Germany, our partners include Peter Bell, FAU; Markus Bühner, LMU München; Tobias Chilla, FAU; Olaf Köller, IPN Kiel; Johannes Hasselhorn, Musikhochschule Lübeck; Benjamin Joerissen, FAU; Andreas C. Lehmann, Hochschule für Musik, Würzburg; Detlev Leutner, Universität Duisburg-Essen; Manfred Pirner, FAU; Jörn Sparfeldt, Universität des Saarlandes.

We publish our results in national as well as in international, peer-reviewed, journals, including Intelligence, Social Science Computer Review, Metacognition and Learning, Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, Diagnostica and others.