This intersection is situated at the interface of education sciences and various psychological disciplines. Researchers investigate here the cognitive, social, and motivational determinants of educational outcomes with the aim to better understand the psychological foundations of learning. In particular, we attempt to answer the following questions:
To address these questions, we employ methodologies ranging from correlational to experimental approaches. One of our major research areas is competence in math and sciences. Here, we address the factors that are associated with high and low achievement in these fields and the question of how achievement can be improved. Some research scientists in this field develop tools to assess competencies related to math and sciences with children and adults while others design and evaluate interventions targeted at promoting these competencies.
Research on motivation and self-regulation focuses on the predictive power of motivation and self-regulation for educational outcomes in the short and long term and how they can be fostered. This includes experiments that investigate the effectiveness of interventions in fostering motivation and self-regulated learning in the lab as well as in the classroom. Researchers in this area also investigate the influence of social-psychological processes on motivation and academic success.
In our research on modern media environments, we design and evaluate digital media environments and tools to assess students’ and teachers’ competencies. We also investigate how technology (e.g., tablet computers) is integrated in classrooms in Baden-Württemberg by looking at teachers’ attitudes and knowledge as influencing factors, their actual media use, and students’ learning results as outcomes in a randomized controlled field study that incorporates a longitudinal perspective.