LEAD Graduate School & Research Network

About

The LEAD Graduate School & Research Network (Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development) brings together more than 100 scientists from eleven research fields and more than ten nations. With our research, we make a significant contribution to understanding and improving educational processes that are equally relevant to science and practice.

Our mission is to contribute to the evidence-based approach in educational policy and to train highly qualified educational experts for research and practice.

This is how we work

Interdisciplinary

Within LEAD, researchers from different research fields collaborate, e.g.:

  • Biology
  • Computer Sciences
  • Economics
  • Education Sciences
  • Empirical Educational Research
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sport Sciences

Also involved in LEAD are the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen and the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE) in Bonn. In addition, we cooperate closely with the Tübingen School of Education – a central scientific institution for teacher training at the University of Tübingen.

Innovative

We want to contribute to empirically based knowledge about education-related topics. Therefore, we deal with our research questions within the framework of long-term projects and bring together researchers from different backgrounds with their approaches, study designs and methods of data analysis. We work with state-of-the-art research designs that adequately take into account the complexity of the research subjects. Technical opportunities are used in an innovative way for our research (e.g. virtual reality to simulate different learning environments, eye tracking to capture attention of teachers and learners).

International

The following long-standing and internationally renowned researchers belong to LEAD as Distinguished International Professors:

Our guest professors are not only involved in LEAD research projects, but they also work as co-mentors for our doctoral candidates and give seminars and lectures.

From a Graduate School to an Internationally Leading Research Network

2019

50 successfully defended dissertations; LEAD will be continuously funded as a graduate school and research network

2018

About 50 professors belong to the research network

2017

26 LEAD PhD candidates have graduated by the end of 2017

2016

Enlargement from a graduate school to a research network

2015

First dissertation within LEAD; foundation of the Tübingen School of Education (TüSE)

2014

Foundation of the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology and the Tübingen Postdoctoral Academy for Research on Education (PACE) at the University of Tübingen

2013

21 professors from six research fields supervise 22 doctoral candidates

2012

Foundation of the LEAD Graduate School in the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the federal and state governments

Funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg as part of the sustainable financing of the projects of the Excellence Initiative II.