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Department of Educational Sciences and Psychology


Research of empirical school development and educational science at the IFS is conducted in interdisciplinary teams. Educational, psychological, and sociological theories are developed, applied to core themes of education research and empirically tested. Depending on the research project a wide range of research designs (e.g., longitudinal, large-scale, intervention), survey methods (including questionnaires, interviews, competence tests, and videography), and quantitative and qualitative methods of analyzes are utilized. 

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeitende des IFS bei einer Besprechung © IFS​/​TU Dortmund

The IFS is actively participating in the broader research community through publications, lectures, conference participation, and through interdisciplinary collaborative research projects at the national and international levels. In addition, the IFS maintains close contact with schools, and regional and national educational administration. This combination of knowledge transfer from and into educational practice and academic exchange with national and international research partners is a particular strength of the IFS.

Research report

The IFS regularly publishes its activities in a research report and makes it available for download as a PDF: Research Report 2022-2023.

Research Projects