LEAD Research Program

LEAD's core research fields and intersections.

LEAD aims at contributing to empirically supported knowledge on education-related topics by bringing together various research fields. Although their central research questions are closely related and interdisciplinary approaches are highly productive, these various research fields dealing with LEAD’s key questions had not been sufficiently integrated in empirical educational research in Tübingen and elsewhere for a long time.


However, it has become evident that the "big questions" in research on education are highly complex and cannot be satisfactorily examined within the confines of a single discipline. Instead, such questions need to be addressed within collaborative research programs spanning many years and bringing together researchers from various backgrounds using different approaches, study designs and data analysis techniques.


For these reasons, LEAD considers interdisciplinary cooperation a key to progress in empirical educational research and combines a prolific educational science program with the integration of several additional research fields. This interdisciplinary approach takes on different forms, ranging from loose cooperation to intensive collaboration.

LEAD's Seven Key Questions

  1. Which factors are associated with high and low achievement, and how can achievement levels in reading, mathematics, and science be improved, especially in high-risk groups?
  2. How important are motivation and self-regulation for (academic) success in the short term and across the life course, and how can they be enhanced?       
  3. How can schools best deal with the increased number of students with mental health problems?
  4. How can teaching quality be improved?
  5. What are the characteristics of the most effective learning environments and how can these effective environments be made available to all students?
  6. How can the potential of modern media environments be fully exploited for learning?
  7. What are the origins of social disparities in education and how can these disparities be reduced?