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Project duration 04/2020 – 03/2026

PuS-SeL – Problem-Solving and Strategies – Self-Regulation of Learning

The PuS-SeL project investigates components, influencing factors, and approaches to promote self-regulation of learning among primary school children. In the process we would like to find out how learners differ in their cognitive and motivational self-regulation in order to support students, who have difficulties with learning or their regulation.

Project description

Self-regulation describes the ability to set goals independently, motivate onself to work on them, to select and use adequate learning strategies and, finally, to reflect on one’s learning process. In particular in school, and, especially, during independent learning at home, pupils are reliant on the use of self-regulation strategies.

Figur eines Kindes, das ein orangenes Puzzleteil in den Händen hält und rechts daneben ein dunkelblauer Schriftzug "PuS-SeL. Problemlösen und Strategien - Selbstregulation beim Lernen"

Since learning strategies are already consolidated in early childhood, it is of particular importance to promote self-regulation already in young children. The PuS-SeL project is therefore concerned with the various components of self-regulation in the learning of primary school children and factors that influence the use of self-regulation strategies.

This project examines the role of individual preconditions (such as self-efficacy, cognitive and motivational processes, and knowledge of self-regulatory strategies) and contextual factors (such as parent and teacher promotion of self-regulation) on strategy use.

Lead researcher at IFS

Project team

External project partners

  • Stella Vosniadou (Mercator Fellow)

Further information

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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.