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