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Prof. Dr. Michael Becker

Main research topics

  • Academic and psychosocial development and educational trajectories from childhood and adolescence into adulthood.
  • Development of school achievement-related and social disparities with special emphasis on the school context
  • Quantitative methods of social research, especially causal analytic approaches and item response theory models
  • Developmental determinants and promotion of reading skills
  • Development and change of school systems

Office hours

By appointment via E-Mail to Michael Becker

Academic background

  • 2009: Dr. phil. in Psychologie, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2004: Diplom in Psychologie, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2004: M.A. in Psychologie, Neuere Geschichte und Katholische Theologie, Freie Universität Berlin

Professional background

  • Since 03/2020: Professur für Empirische Bildungsforschung mit dem Schwerpunkt schulische Bildungsprozesse an der TU Dortmund
  • 2013-2020: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am DIPF | Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsforschung und Bildungsinformation
  • 2010-2013: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Universität Potsdam
  • 2005-2010: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Promotionsstipendiat am Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin, und an der International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE), Berlin


Further Information

Laufende Projekte:

  • Bildungsentscheidungen und Bildungsverläufe vor dem Hintergrund struktureller Veränderungen im Berliner Sekundarschulwesen (BERLIN-Studie), Projektlaufzeit: 01.01.2010
  • Bildungsverläufe und psychosoziale Entwicklung im Jugend- und jungen Erwachsenenalter (BIJU), Projektlaufzeit: 01.01.1991

Abgeschlossene Projekte:

  • Kompetenzentwicklung in der Grundschule – Erweiterungsstudie (KEGS-E), Projektlaufzeit: 01.01.2014 – 31.12.2020
  • Berliner Leselängsschnitt (LESEN 3-6), Projektlaufzeit: 01.01.2014 – 31.12.2020
  • Primäre und sekundäre Herkunftseffekte an unterschiedlichen Gelenkstellen des Bildungssystems (MILES-HuGS), Projektlaufzeit: 01.03.2016 – 31.07.2020
  • Tradition und Innovation: Entwicklungsverläufe an Haupt- und Realschulen in Baden-Württemberg und Mittelschulen in Sachen (TRAIN), Projektlaufzeit: 01.01.2014 – 31.12.2020
  • Becker, M., Tetzner, J. & Baumert, J. (2020). Schulformen und sozioökonomischer Erfolg im jungen Erwachsenenalter: Werden unterschiedliche Ausbildungswege auf dem Arbeitsmarkt gleich honoriert? Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, 23,  979–1017.
  • Tetzner, J., Becker, M. & Brandt, N. (2020). Personality-achievement associations in adolescence: Examining associations across grade levels and learning environments. Journal of Personality, 88(2) 356-372.
  • Becker, M., Baumert, J., Tetzner, J., Maaz, K. & Köller, O. (2019). Childhood intelligence, family background, and gender as drivers of socioeconomic success: The mediating role of education. Developmental Psychology, 55, 2231-2248. Doi: 10.1037/dev0000766
  • Bachsleitner, A., Becker, M., Neumann, M. & Maaz, K. (2018). Social background effects in the transition to a doctoral degree – empirical evidence from a German prospective study. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 57, 24-34. Doi: 10.1016/j.rssm.2018.07.004
  • Becker, M. & McElvany, N. (2018). The interplay of gender and social background: A longitudinal study of interaction effects in reading attitudes and behaviour. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 88(4), 529-549. Doi: 10.1111/bjep.12199
  • Becker, M. & Neumann, M. (2018). Longitudinal big-fish-little-pond effects on academic self-concept development during the transition from elementary to secondary schooling. Journal of Educational Psychology, 110(6), 882-897. Doi: 10.1037/edu0000233
  • Neumann, M., Becker, M., Baumert, J., Maaz, K., & Köller, O. (Hrsg.) (2017). Zweigliedrigkeit im deutschen Schulsystem: Potenziale und Herausforderungen in Berlin [The two-track secondary school system in Germany: chances and challenges in Berlin]. Münster: Waxmann.
  • Tetzner, J., Becker, M. & Maaz, K. (2017). Development in multiple areas of life in adolescence: Interrelations between academic achievement, perceived peer acceptance, and self-esteem. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 41, 704-713. doi: 10.1177/0165025416664432
  • Becker, M., Neumann, M. & Dumont, H. (2016). Recent developments in school tracking practices in Germany: An overview and outlook on future trends. Orbis Scholae,10(3), 9-26. Doi: 10.14712/23363177.2017.8
  • Becker, M., Cortina, K. S., Tsai, Y.-M. & Eccles, J. S. (2014). Sexual orientation, psychological well-being, and mental health: A longitudinal analysis from adolescence to young adulthood. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 1, 132-145. Doi: 10.1037/sgd0000038

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Location & approach

The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.