The aim of the Education research programme is to understand how education contributes to the development of cognitive and social-emotional skills and to design and test methods that enhance this development. Both normal and abnormal development are studied.
We focus on instruction and learning processes in a number of domains that are at the core of the curriculum in primary and secondary education and on factors at the micro, meso and macro level that are essential for the quality of these processes. Factors at the micro level include student characteristics (sociocultural background, gender, aptitude, self-regulation, motivation), and the pupil-teacher relationship. At the meso level we study the effect of school leaderschip on educational innovation. Typical macro issues include equal opportunities in relation to segregation, selection procedures, and school drop-out. The combination of micro, meso, and macro levels of research is a distinctive characteristic of the Education programme as a whole. Research lines in the Education programme are: