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Department of Education and Human Development

Department of Education and Human Development

The Department bases its differential analyses of individual educational pathways on existing longitudinal studies as well as on its own longitudinal studies in design and implementation. These are supplemented by experimental and micro-genetic approaches including training studies that simulate development. Furthermore, diagnostic procedures are developed and standardised for assessing individual dispositions that are relevant to learning.

Portrayal of the department

A central aspect of quality in education is the individual development of persons across the entire range of their possible experiences and behaviour, such as, for instance, their cognitive and socio-emotional competence structures, attitudes, values and their motivational and volitional dispositions. The Department hence reconstructs developmental pathways in educational contexts empirically so that deeper insights can be gained into the potentials for development and the possibilities for changing individual behaviour and experiences. The crucial issue here concerns prerequisites and conditions necessary for the development of successful learning. The overall objective is to obtain theoretically and empirically based foundations for designing educational processes in childhood and youth as well as in late adulthood. In addition, the growing significance of educational contexts outside traditional organisational structures is taken into account.

The Department bases its differential analyses of individual educational pathways on existing longitudinal studies as well as conceptualizing and implementing longitudinal studies of its own. These are supplemented by experimental and micro-genetic approaches including training studies that simulate development. Furthermore, diagnostic procedures to assess individual dispositions that are relevant to learning are developed and standardised.

Department's main focus

The Department's main focus is on:

  • descriptions and explanations of the ontogenesis of individual cognitive, motivational and volitional prerequisites for successful learning;
  • studies on optimising the acquisition of individual prerequisites for successful learning while taking developmental levels already attained into account;
  • the description, explanation, diagnosis and treatment of learning disorders in children;
  • research into the developmental dynamics of cognitive functions across the lifespan and
  • educational potentials in older age.

A substantial part of the Department's work contributes to two of the four closely related subject areas studied in the Center for Research on Individual Development and Adaptive Education of Children at Risk (IDeA): "Resources and limitations of successful learning “ and "Diagnostics and prevention“.

IDeA-Center for Research on Individual Development and Adaptive Education of Children at Risk

This Center was established with funds raised within the framework of Hessen's LOEWE-Initiative co-operatively by DIPF and the Goethe-University Frankfurt / Main with the collaboration of the Sigmund-Freud-Institute. The Center is managed by DIPF. It is an especially important multi-disciplinary programme which promotes basic and applied research and provides a framework for co-operation within DIPF as well as with partners in universities.

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Gudrun Steup-Simrock

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last modified Sep 23, 2016
last modified Sep 23, 2016