Quantitative Research Methods in Educational Science
One way to generate reliable statements regarding fundamental questions in educational science is by using quantitative research methods. Our work group uses modern methods of statistics as tools for research in the field of educational science at an international level. These findings are the necessary prerequisites for the formation of educational theory on the one hand, but also for evidence based pedagogical practice on the other. The focal point of these applied statistics is, for example, the latent modelling of intra-individual changes or the modelling of selection and socialisation processes of friendship dyads.
The fundamentals-based research of our group focuses on a lifetime development. Development and educational processes occur from a person’s conception until death. This lifespan orientation is one of the central paradigms of educational research in recent years. Under this premise, different contexts are explored and examined to what extent these contribute to lifelong development. On the one hand there are formal contexts such as kindergarten, school or university. On the other hand there are the non-formal contexts such as family or peer group. Our work group looks at learning, development, education and socialisation processes within these contexts. The aim is to gain an understanding of development processes over a lifespan and above all the role that contexts play in these processes. An important aspect of our research is to examine the transition between various contexts such as the change from school to university.