Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology

The Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology focuses on the individual, social and institutional determinants of learning processes. Some of our key research questions include:


  • Does the performance of students with similar ability levels develop differently across different school forms?
  • How can reading achievement, interest and self-concept of students be enhanced?
  • Do A-level results differ between the (federal) states of Germany? Do they predict academic success in higher education and occupational domains?
  • How can contextual effects on adolescent and young adult development be modeled effectively with statistical methods?
  • What is the role of modern knowledge media in teaching and learning?
  • In what ways are the personalities of young people shaped by their experience at school and university?


We take an evidence-based, integrated approach to research with a focus on international exchange. We believe that the quality of educational processes and policies needs to be validated empirically. To achieve this, we utilize the most reliable and valid statistical methods in educational research and present our findings to the international community through leading educational and psychological conferences and journals. Furthermore, we aim to extend our commitment to the international research community via collaboration and partnership, utilizing a cross-disciplinary approach. Thus we seek to work with researchers and colleagues in psychology and educational sciences as well as in mathematics, linguistics, statistics, economics and sports science. Given that empirical research is critical to educational systems world-wide, we believe collaboration is of central importance.



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