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Team Dignath

Empirical Educational Research with a focus on Promoting Cognitive and Motivational-Affective Learning Processes

In the projects of the working group we investigate the

  • Learning processes of students with and without learning difficulties
  • Effectiveness of instructional formats and teaching methods
  • Learning processes of teachers

We are interested in cognitive and motivational processes in learning and how learners differ in these processes. A focus in some of our projects is the role of self-regulation in learning.

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Experimental and quasi-experimental intervention studies represent a large area of our research. For example, we test the effectiveness of interventions to promote cognitive and motivational learning processes. In doing so, we use technology-based possibilities to implement these interventions even better.

In most of our studies, we focus on students with individual support needs. We try to find out how their learning processes differ and how they can be effectively supported.

In our studies with teachers, we examine how teachers think about learning and what influences their classroom actions. Teachers' learning processes inform which interventions are most effective for teachers to support them in their professionalization.

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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.