Educational Research and Educational Psychology

The main concern of the Department of Educational Research and Educational Psychology is the study of individual STEM education processes over the lifespan in relation to individual, family, classroom, school and extracurricular factors. The latter also consider school system aspects and are reflected in the department's participation in major international school performance studies such as TIMSS, ICILS, and PISA.

Research in the department contributes to a better understanding of successful educational processes and generates leads to improve educational practice. While the IPN's thematic focus places the emphasis on science, computer science, and mathematics, research is not limited to this area alone. Rather, research persues the understanding that the acquisition of mathematical, informational, as well as scientific competencies can be better understood in its interplay with social-emotional characteristics, linguistic competencies in the lingua franca German, and the lingua franca English.

The question of how digital technologies can support teaching and learning processes in the future also plays a major role. In addition to its research and participation in the major international large-scale assessments, the department also provides considerable scientific service and infrastructure. These include test development in the National Education Panel (NEPS) and participation in the German initiative to improve teacher education (“Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung”).


Department Head


Katharina Zimmermann
Room 4 b
Ph.: +49-(0)431-880-5210
Fax: +49-(0)431-880-5211

Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics
Department of Educational Research and
Educational Psychology
Olshausenstr. 62
24118 Kiel