- Main research interests
Our focus in research and teaching is in the broad field of special education and inclusion. In particular, we look at the micro-level of instruction, i.e. “learning” and “teaching” on the individual level of students.
Individual learning and participation processes (“Learning”)
On the one hand, we conduct empirical studies on learning and participation processes in classrooms (especially in spoken and written language) in order to improve our knowledge about impairments and social barriers. As a result, we generate insights into how pupils develop their learning potential and can use it for themselves. In addition, the results could be used by teachers to understand which learning and participation barriers exist, and how they can be overcome.
Evidence-based practices for everyday school life (“Teaching”)
On the other hand, we evaluate assessment and teaching methods with regard to their feasibility (implementation) and effectivity in everyday classroom settings. We focus on inclusive methods that teachers can use to link assessment, intervention, and evaluation in heterogeneous classes to reduce learning and participation barriers.
Since special education categories overlap strongly (in theoretical and practical terms), we work cross-categorically (e.g., special learning needs, emotional behavioral disturbances, speech and language impairments) and interdisciplinary (special education, educational sciences, psychology and psycholinguistics). We stand for a strong empirical special education as a scientific discipline and for a cooperative and transparent research culture.
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- Inclusion in secondary schools in Germany (INSIDE): Conditions, processes and outcomes of inclusive schooling in “learning” and “social-emotional development” (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research; Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF))
- Cross-Cultural Development and Evaluation of a Universal Behavior-Screening Tool in Schools (funded by the International School Psychology Association (ISPA) & Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP))
- Promotion of German educational language in primary schools: Evaluation, optimization and standardization of tools in the BiSS project (BiSS-EOS) (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research; Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF))