Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena




Research methods are vital to the process of obtaining results within educational science. They serve to delineate and clarify the formulation of research goals and in the planning, execution and evaluation of empirical investigations. Their appropriate usage enables researchers to extract precise answers to research questions. They are to be seen as the conceptional backbone paramount for empirical investigations within the separate areas of educational science.

The department's research activities deal with the measurement and statistical modelling of data stemming from educational assessments, known as Educational Measurement, as well as with psychometrics. Our research is based on third party funding and focused on an international audience. Our research activities are mainly located within the framework of Item Response Theory.

Our teaching uses a practical, hands-on approach when learning about the basic aspects of methodology and statistics. This department offers teaching in the study programmes of Educational Science (B.A.) teacher education.