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Researching

The research of the work group for Educational Psychology focuses on how individuals can be supported in their development of competence over their life span. Our research projects are mainly concerned with the following questions:

  • Which characteristics of students and which characteristics of instruction may support the acquisition of competence in secondary and tertiary education?

    Examples of our research:
    • We investigate the quality of instructional examples in different subjects and knowledge domains such as mathematics or vocational education domains.
    • We also look closer upon how students' social and personal competences can be fostered in school.
    • Another thread of our research is concerned with how young adults use their personal resources to come up with an appropriate career choice.
  • How may personal attitudes and characteristics influence learning and performance, especially in statistics?

    Examples of our research:
    • In cooperation with the work group for Biological Psychology and with other researchers we investigate the role of statistics anxiety for learning.
    • We also investigated physiological recovery processes of students after receiving feedback on their performance in a mathematical task that was either consistent or inconsistent with their self-concept in that area.
  • Which variables affect toddlers’ use of digital media (such as cell phones or tablets) and how does the use of digital media affect toddlers? [KiddiW Website (german)]

    Examples of our research:
    • Which variables (e.g., siblings, parents’ media use, and children’s level of development) moderate toddlers’ use of digital media?
    • How demanding are different types of digital games or learning offers (concerning toddler’s physiological reactivity) for toddlers compared to non-digital games?
    • What are the consequences of toddlers’ use of digital media on their health?
  • How may we support students' development of knowledge and competences by digital media?

    Examples of our research:
    • We investigate communication and cooperation in computer-based learning environments.
    • In a nation-wide study in Austria we looked closer into students' use of and their attitudes towards e-learning.
    • We also took a closer look at how and students learn with podcasts and with what result.
  • How can we support quality of education, especially vocational education?

    Examples of our research:
    • Our research group was involved as a consultant in the development of a quality system for schools in Austria's vocational training and education sector.
  • How does the discontinuation of learning caused by summer break affect students?  Studies conducted in the US suggest that summer break disrupts the rhythm of learning and may lead to a loss of cognitive skills, especially in children from families with low socio-economical status. However, there is only little research on summer learning loss in Europe.

    Examples of our research:
    • We investigated summer learning loss in a sample of Austrian students with a nine week summer break.

 

Contact

Head Prof. Dr. Manuela Paechter Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8542

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Secretary Susanne Roßkogler Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8495

Contact

Website Dimitris Skliris Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8516

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