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Education and Human Development

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.

About

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 conceptualising 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.

Areas of Focus

The department's main foci are:

  • 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 the three themes studied in the Center for Research on Individual Development and Adaptive Education of Children at Risk (IDeA): "Individual Development“, “Adaptive Education”, and "Professionalization of Educators“.

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

The interdisciplinary research center IDeA was founded in 2008 as part of the LOEWE initiative by the state of Hesse. It is a joint venture of the DIPF, the Goethe-University Frankfurt, and the Sigmund Freud Institut. The Center is managed by DIPF. It is a particularly 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.

Contact

Gudrun Steup-Simrock

Projects

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