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assistant lecturer with fixed-term contract

Dr. Ulrich Ludewig

Main research topics

  • School performance of students
  • Reading literacy and international large scale assessment
  • Digital media in school and classroom
  • Test development & difficulty generating task features

Office hours

by appointment

Academic background

  • 2018: Dr. rer. nat. in Psychology, University Tübingen
  • 2015: M. A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, International Cognitive Visualization, Chico State University
  • 2014: Erasmus Semester, Université Grenoble Alpes
  • 2013: B. Sc. in Psychology, Universität Koblenz-Landau

Professional background

  • Currently working on the projects
    • Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2021 (PIRLS 2021)
    • Learning and Performance Situations in the Context of Digitization (LL digital)
    • Study on the Development of Political and Social Competence in Adolescence (EPKO).
  • Since 10/2019: Senior researcher in the department, McElvany
  • 01/2019 - 07/2019: Data Analyst at Douglas GmbH, Düsseldorf
  • 10/2018 - 01/2019: Senior researcher, University Tübingen
  • 10/2015 - 10/2018: Doctoral candidate at the ‘LEAD’ (Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development) Graduate school and research network


Further Information

  • Ludewig, U., Lorenz, R., Kleinkorres, R., & McElvany, N. (2022). Sonderauswertung: Wortschatz und Leseverhalten bei Viertklässler:innen in Deutschland – Daten einer repräsentativen bundesweiten Studie. Dortmund: Technische Universität Dortmund, Institut für Schulentwicklungsforschung.
  • Ludewig, U., Hübner, N., & Schröder, S. (2022). Vocabulary, Text Coverage and the Lexical Threshold in Elementary School Reading Comprehension Assessment. Reading and Writing.
  • Ludewig, U., Alscher, P., Chen, X., & McElvany, N. (2022). What Makes Domain Knowledge Difficult? Word Usage Frequency From SUBTLEX and dlexDB Explains Knowledge Item Difficulty. Behavior Research Methods.
  • Ludewig, U., Kleinkorres, R., Schaufelberger, R., Schlitter, T., Lorenz, R., König, C., Frey, A., & McElvany, N. (2022). COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Reading Achievement – Findings from a School Panel Study. Frontiers in Psychology. 13:876485   
  • Ludewig, U., Trendtel, M., Schlitter, T., & McElvany, N. (2021). Adaptives Testen von Textverständnis in der Grund­schule. Diagnostica
  • Ludewig, U., Trendtel, M., Weis, Z., Meurers, D., & McElvany, N. (2021, April). Reading Demands and Text Comprehension in 3rd and 4th Grade. In Ludewig, U. & McElvany, N., Text Comprehension: What We Know About the Dance Between Reader, Text, and Task in Reading Comprehension. Symposium Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), on­line.

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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.