Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology

Institutsvorstand Thomas Götz und Stefanie Höhl vor der Orientierungstafel im Eingangsbereich des Fakultätsgebäudes.

Head of department Thomas Goetz and deputy Stefanie Hoehl.

The Department covers the range from basic psychological research on learning to the transfer of research results for the solution of societal challenges (Third Mission). The research program integrates theoretical modeling, corresponding measurement approaches and interventions including implementation concepts. Thus, it connects the corresponding subdisciplines of psychology.

In addition, it seeks to broaden perspectives on development and education through cooperation with other key research areas of the faculty. Our research foci include the social, cognitive and emotional development of babies and children, family psychological topics such as parenthood, divorce/separation, parent-child relationships, the transition to adulthood, and processes of ageing.

A further central research focus is on lifelong learning. This involves the development and promotion of motivation and emotions in learning and achievement contexts as well as the development and modification of gender stereotypes in educational contexts. The subject area has an impact on the society through the development of prevention, training, and intervention measures as well as their evaluation and implementation. The innovative contribution of the research program lies in the integration of approaches from developmental and educational psychology, which is intended to gain a profound understanding of development and learning processes in different contexts and across the life span.