Current research in our lab focuses on three complementary research areas.
(1) Research on the teaching profession: In this area, we study such questions as what factors motivate and enable (prospective and experienced) teachers to develop and implement high-quality instruction. Across different projects, we focus on the measurement and conceptualization of professional competences in the teaching profession (including international comparative research), on the motivational and cognitive underpinnings of teachers' pedagogical decision making and actions, as well as on teachers' professional wellbeing.
(2) Research on educational trajectories: A key question in this area is why students often make fundamentally different choices about their educational and occupational trajectories, even when their cognitive characteristics appear to be quite similar. Such factors as gender, students' motivational-affective characteristics, the social environment, and the school context play an important role in explaining such differences.
(3) Research on the interplay between teacher and student characteristics and possible consequences for the instructional process: In more recent studies, we connect these two research areas and examine the discrepancies and the interplay between teacher and student perceptions of instructional situations, as well as possible consequences for the instructional process. The teacher's behavior in the classroom is a key factor influencing students' motivation and learning; however, characteristics of the students can also influence their teachers (e. g., such characteristics as heterogeneity of the learning group and perceived student engagement).
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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.