Research Program

LEAD's core research fields (grey) and intersections (red).

At LEAD, we aim at contributing to empirically supported knowledge on education-related topics. Due to their complexity, the "big questions" in research on education cannot be satisfactorily examined within the confines of a single discipline.


That's why we address such questions within collaborative research programs spanning many years and bringing together researchers from various backgrounds using different approaches, study designs and data analysis techniques. We consider interdisciplinary cooperation a key to progress in empirical educational research.


LEAD's Seven Key Questions


  • 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?
  • 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?       
  • How can schools best deal with the increased number of students with mental health problems?
  • How can teaching quality be improved?
  • What are the characteristics of the most effective learning environments and how can these effective environments be made available to all students?
  • How can the potential of modern media environments be fully exploited for learning?
  • What are the origins of social disparities in education and how can these disparities be reduced?