Main Research Topics

Empirical School Research

  • Development, quality and effects of all-day schools
  • Cross-curricular competencies of students, especially social and democratic competencies
  • Social disparities in educational success, especially at the secondary level and at the transition from elementary school to secondary school
  • Gender differences in educational success: boys as educational losers?
  • Evaluation of school and teaching
  • Professionalization through practical phases in teacher training
  • School leadership competencies

Youth research

  • Political socialization and political identity formation in adolescence
  • Gender differences in political identity formation
  • Importance of parents and peers in adolescence, especially in the process of political socialization
  • Media use and political socialization