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Project duration 04/2020 – 03/2026

WieSeL – Knowledge, Application, Promotion: Self-Regulation Competence of Teachers

The WieSeL project deals with the self-regulatory competence of primary school teachers. The focus is on identifying which aspects of teacher competence support primary school teachers’ promotion of self-regulation of learning among their students and how teachers adapt their self-regulation support to the conditions of the learning group. We also examine how teachers themselves learn about self-regulation.

Project description

The aim of the WieSeL project is to identify which aspects of professional competence of elementary school teachers promote self-regulation in learning and how teachers can be supported in developing these competences. We examine teachers' beliefs, their self-efficacy expectations for promoting self-regulation in the classroom, teachers' own self-regulation, and knowledge about self-regulation.

Umrisse eines Wiesels mit dem Schriftzug "WieSeL. Wissen, einsetzen, fördern - Selbstregulationskompetenz von Lehrkäften"

Based on empirical findings, we assume that teachers first need knowledge about what self-regulated learning and teaching is in order to be able to proceed self-regulated and to effectively promote the self-regulation of their students in the classroom.

The first WieSeL study investigates the role of teachers' knowledge about self-regulation in promoting self-regulation in the classroom.

In order for teachers to become self-regulated learners and teachers themselves, they must have a repertoire of strategies for regulating their own learning and teaching. In our second study, we develop and evaluate an instructional video intervention that we will use to promote student teachers' self-regulation.

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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.