Educational Science with focus on Theory and Empirical Research on Educational Processes in Schools

Welcome to the Department headed by Professor Dr Katharina Maag Merki

The research interests are focused on the theoretical and empirical analysis of educational processes in schools. The emphasis is on identifying the conditions that enable optimal educational processes to take place and on understanding how these processes affect educational outcomes. For the analysis of educational processes, multilevel data (individuals, grades/years, schools, regions, countries) are used, taking into account the current empirical and theoretical research on school effectiveness and school development as well as on educational governance. A key area of research is in the analysis of interaction of different actors in schools - head teachers, teachers, parents, and students - under the assumption that these groups are dependent on one another in specific ways and that their achievements are the result of collective or co-productive practices. Interdisciplinary networking with other research institutes and universities at a national and international level plays a central role in the division’s research and teaching activities. The department aims at cultivating a discursive research environment in which students and research staff have the opportunity to expand their theoretical and empirical research skills and systematically enhance their professional qualifications.