Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology (HIB)

The Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology (HIB) is a research institute within the University of Tübingen. The HIB focuses on individual, social and institutional determinants of learning and teaching processes. It takes an inter-disciplinary approach drawing from psychology, educational science and other disciplines. The HIB is mainly funded by the Hector Foundation II. In addition, the state Baden-Württermberg funds the Postdoctoral Academy for Research on Education (PACE).

Research at the HIB can be grouped into the following six focus areas: (1) Eduational Effectiveness, (2) Motivation, (3) Personality, (4) Potential Development and Giftedness as well as (5) Teaching Quality and professional Competencies of Teachers. The HIB played a leading role in the establishment of the LEAD graduate school (Learning, Eduational Achievement and Life Course Development) which is funded by the excellence initiative via the German Research Foundation. 

Important work and services:

  • The HIB is responsible for the mulit-cohort longitudinal studies TOSCA, which examines educational biographies of high school students, and TRAIN, which analyses effect of learning environments in lower tracks in secondary education.With Professor Hasselhorn (DIPF) the HIB also runs the scientific evaluation of the Hector Children’s Academies.
  • Regarding research on methods the HIB develops new statistical tools and strives to make them freely available as software (for e.g. see here).
  • The HIB coordinates the Baden-Württemberg Fondation’s Network Educational Research which seeks to establish a broad data basis on the transition to vocational training.
  • Within the National Education Panel Study (NEPS), the HIB coordinates the focus area „From Upper Gymnasium Level and Transition to Higher Education, Vocational Training, or the Labor Market“ together with Professor Maaz (DIPF).

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  • Educational Research
  • Educational Science
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Subject-Matter Education


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