Research Group Learning, Development, and Psychological Research Methods

Content and Goals

The team of the research group “Learning, Development, and Psychological Research Methods” (lead: Prof Dr Stephanie Pieschl) broadly researches human experiences and behavior in formal and informal learning and teaching contexts as well as across the life span. The specific educational and developmental psychological research projects focus on questions reaching from basic to applied research that are often tackled interdisciplinary. Based on current societal developments such as continued digitalization, we focus our research on how humans use digital media to learn, to communicate, or to regulate their wellbeing. These projects are often based on theoretical models of cognitive information processing and the notion of active goal-oriented and self-regulated users.

The research group “Learning, Development, and Psychological Research Methods” is open for additional research topics and cooperation. We offer Bachelor, Master, and PhD theses related to current research project and related topics.

Currently, the research of Prof Dr Stephanie Pieschl focuses on:

  • Privacy and trust for mobile users (GRK 2050: Link)
  • Self-regulated learning, metacognition, and epistemic beliefs
  • Learning and problem solving with digital media and the Internet
  • Violent media, cyberbullying, and prevention
  • Social Media, digital communication, and digital privacy
  • Subjective theories and misconceptions about education and about media

These research topics are also incorporated in the teaching conducted by the research group “Learning, Development, and Psychological Methods”. The research group is responsible for teaching educational psychology, developmental psychology, and psychological research methods in the psychology and teacher education programs. In these courses, students will be prepared to become competent actors in their future fields of work. On the one hand, this requires a basic understanding of research and research methods in order to develop sophisticated epistemic beliefs about the nature of knowledge and in order to understand future psychological research. On the other hand, inert knowledge needs to be avoided by focusing on practical applications and transfer. To reach these goals, we use a broad spectrum of didactical methods. We will select the best-suited methods to strengthen declarative knowledge, practice skills, or foster critical thinking while applying research results to practical contexts. Furthermore, using such a wide range of methodologies will broaden the teaching and instructional repertoire of students.

Besides activities in research and teaching, the research group “Learning, Development, and Psychological methods” is an important link to the general public. Science and research needs to be conducted with and for the whole society (cf. Third Mission). Therefore, this research group emphasizes industry and practice cooperation as well as science communication strategies.


01.10.2019 Welcome Nicola Glumann, Björn Mattes und Darya Yatsevich (team)!

25.-27.09.2019 Paper presented at the ESPLAT (presentations)

24.09.2019 Article published in “Media Psychology” (publications)

09.-12.09.2019 Paper presented / symposium discussed at the paEpsy (presentations)

04.-06.09.2019 Paper presented at the MediaPsych (presentations)

10.-16.08.2019 Papers presented at the JURE and EARLI (presentations)

04.-09.04.2019 Posters presented at the AERA (presentations)

15/02/2019 Prof Dr Stephanie Pieschl starts the research group.