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The aim of the research institute is to acquire and develop scientific knowledge in the field of child development and education, and to disseminate this knowledge within and outside the scientific community.

The Research Institute of Child Development and Education has two research programmes, ‘Child Development’ and ‘Education’.

  • The Research Programme Child Development (RPCD) includes empirical research on cognitive, social-emotional, and biological development, and the effects of contextual factors and interventions on child and adolescent development and behaviour (normal and abnormal).
  • The Research Programme Education (RPEDU) includes empirical research on learning, learning disorders, and instruction, and the effects of learner characteristics, specific educational interventions and contextual factors on the acquisition and development of cognitive and social-emotional skills.