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Research of empirical school development and educational science at the IFS is conducted in interdisciplinary teams. Educational, psychological, and sociological theories are developed, applied to core themes of education research and empirically tested. Depending on the research project a wide range of research designs (e.g., longitudinal, large-scale, intervention), survey methods (including questionnaires, interviews, competence tests, and videography), and quantitative and qualitative methods of analyzes are utilized. 

The IFS is divided into three research areas, differentiated by emphasis:  

  1. Educational Research and Quality Assurance (Team Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos)
  2. School Development and School Efficacy (Team Prof. Dr. Heinz Günter Holtappels)
  3. Empirical Education Research with a focus on teaching and learning K-12 (Team Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany)

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Institut für Schulentwicklungsforschung (IFS)
TU Dortmund
Campus Nord (CDI Gebäude)
Vogelpothsweg 78
44227 Dortmund

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