LEAD’s starting point is a modern version of Education Sciences widely known as empirical education research (“Empirische Bildungsforschung”) in Germany. It focuses on statistical analyses of individual, institutional and social determinants of educational outcomes, including achievement, motivation, psychosocial adjustment, and personality.
Research findings from this central research field in LEAD can be of critical importance for several reasons. Firstly, this research oftentimes directly addresses the questions frequently posed by education policymakers and educators:
Secondly, studies in this area are typically characterized by high ecological validity. This is crucial if, for instance, a study has direct implications for a certain reform measure, e.g. for the introduction of a new learning environment.
Three research strands that characterize education sciences in Tübingen are: