Development of Successful Learning

Particular difficulties in acquiring written language and mathematics increase the risk of children's educational failure. The diagnosis, prevention and overcoming of such learning and performance difficulties, e.g. through individual support, is a central part of the research in this department unit.


Which capabilities contribute to successful learning during childhood? What are the developmental trajectories of these capabilities and how can we achieve their improvement at which points in the individual development process? To provide answers to these questions, a wide range of competencies are examined in terms of their development processes, learning functionalities and modifiability:

  • cognitive skills (e.g. attention control, functions of working memory, strategies of learning, domain-specific precursors, previous knowledge),
  • motivational skills (self-concept, intrinsic motivation) and
  • volitional competencies (self-regulation, action control).

In addition, the needs of pedagogical practice for individual support options are addressed and approaches tailored to the children's level of development are researched, developed and tested.


Education and Human Development

The department analyses individual and differential developmental processes in both formal and non-formal learning environments, adding an individual perspective to the DIPF’s scope of research.


Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn



Verena Diel, Dipl.-Psych.