University of Tubingen

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PI: Ulrich Trautwein

The work in the Center for Educational Science and Psychology at the University of Tübingen focuses on the individual, social and institutional determinants of learning processes. Some of the key research questions include: Does the performance of students with similar ability levels develop differently across different school forms? How can reading achievement, interest and self-concept of students be enhanced? Do A-level results differ between the (federal) states of Germany? Do they predict academic success in higher education and occupational domains? How can contextual effects on adolescent and young adult development be modeled effectively with statistical methods? In what ways are the personalities of young people shaped by their experience at school and university?

The center takes an evidence-based, integrated approach to research with a focus on international exchange and call for empirical evaluations of the quality of educational processes and policies. To achieve this, the center utilizes the most reliable and valid statistical methods in educational research and presents the findings to the international community through leading educational and psychological conferences and journals. Furthermore, the aim is to extend the commitment to the international research community via collaboration and partnership, utilizing a cross-disciplinary approach. Thus the center seeks to work with researchers and colleagues in psychology and educational sciences as well as in mathematics, linguistics, statistics, economics and sports science in Germany and abroad. Given that empirical research is critical to educational systems world-wide, collaboration is of central importance for the work of the center.

The center hosts two Graduate Schools, the Graduate School on Empirical Educational Science and the Cooperative Graduate School on Effective Teaching and Learning (together with the University of Teacher Education Ludwigsburg).

The Center for Educational Science and Psychology is currently involved in a number of collaborative research projects with leading academics from around the world: