Our Expertise

Experts from educational science, subject-matter education, linguistics, media and cultural studies, neurosciences, economics, political sciences, psychology, sociology as well as information science and computer science have formed a research alliance of 25 institutions, the Leibniz Education Research Network Alliance (LERN), to bring together their expertise and to strengthen visibility for sponsors, political stakeholders, educational administrators, and in view of the public at large.

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Understanding education as a lifelong process is an important prerequisite for identifying chances and unlocking individual potential.
Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi)
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Language skills are essential (prerequisites) for education and participation. Therefore, the aim should be to systematically foster language skills of all children and young people by specific language education measures.
Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education
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Laypeople should be empowered to understand research. Plain language summaries of research findings are a solution.
Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID)
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Modern education should prepare people for the digitised world of tomorrow. Educational research can supply answers such as to the question of how digital media can improve teaching and learning processes.
IWM | Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien
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It is key to understand the barriers to adequate health and brain development early in life and to identify effective policy measures to promote early childhood development.
RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
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Given technological change, overcoming barriers to adult education and training becomes more important, particularly because they mainly discourage vulnerable groups of workers from participation.
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
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By situating educational media in their sociocultural, political, economic, and historical contexts, we generate research findings oriented to the practice of schooling.
Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI)
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Early language acquisition is a central component of successful education. The precise knowledge on the language acquisition trajectories allows to disentangle typical and atypical language development and to develop appropriate support for children.
Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)
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Success in school depends not only on the students themselves or their parents, but also on teachers, schools, and educational policy. On all levels, steps can be taken to battle disadvantages.
Universitäty of Luxembourg
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Individual support is very central in education. The goal should be to understand each child's strengths and weaknesses and to encourage its development according to its own potentials.
DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education
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Opening universities for students without a university-entrance diploma helps to reduce social disadvantages. Higher education research shows, that students without this qualification study almost as successful as others.
German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW)
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Ensuring fair access to schools, reducing segregation, and promoting competition: This is what scientifically designed allocation mechanisms can help to achieve.
ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research
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Well-trained teachers are the basis for successful learning processes in school. Empirical research of classroom teaching examines what it needs to enhance professional skills furthermore.
IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education
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The promotion of language education requires knowledge of linguistic reality. Surveys on multilingualism, language attitudes and everyday language communication are the prerequisites for effective educational programs.
Leibniz-Institut for the German Language (IDS)
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Inequalities in the educational system continue to be a key challenge. Social möbackground, migration background, and regional conditions still influence the access to education and educational performance.
DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education
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Using participatory approaches to develop educational technology is key to shaping sustainable and convivial change in schools and society, especially in today’s datafied world.
Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI)
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Digital tools such as learning apps or games can support the development of basic numerical abilities and thus strengthen the basis for the later development of mathematical competencies.
IWM | Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien
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It is fascinating to see education in a broader context of learning research and even to discuss the relevance of neuroscientific basics of learning for educational research.
Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN)
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Good educational investments usually generate significant social, fiscal, and individual returns. Good educational investments target at long-term and sustainable effects.
ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research
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Today learning of others is essential for innovation in educational systems. This could be through cooperations in schools, comparative and multidisciplinary educational research or networking in education policy.
University of Luxembourg
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We are investigating the influence of socio-emotional skills on educational participation and educational performance. Our intention is to identify ways in which these relevant skills can be specifically trained.
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
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Decisions for education rely on an empirical basis. This is the only way to set goals for school appropriate and to evolve the potential of children and adolescents in the best possible way.
ZIB – Centre for International Student Assessment
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Educational research does not provide absolute facts, nor does it solely reflect subjective beliefs. Especially in times of digitalization, a nuanced view on educational research evidence is essential.
Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID)
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In educational science I am interested in the research of lifelong returns of early educational decisions and interventions.
Institute for Employment Research (IAB)
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In a dynamically changing society, it is essential that all adults have the opportunity to learn what they want or need. At the DIE we are researching and working to support learning and education for adults.
German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE)
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Firms complain about lack of trainees and slow progress in inclusion despite many unused potentials of low-achieving school leavers: School, vocational preparation programs, and firms are called upon to discover these potentials.
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
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In educational research, there is much empirical evidence that early education is associated with notably high potentials. This should be tapped and promoted at an early stage.
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
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Empirical research in education provides evidence on educational processes, their conditions and results. For developing educational quality further, it is crucial to take these research findings into account.
Institute for Educational Quality Improvement (IQB)
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If we want to support students in the best possible way, it is necessary to promote systematically the best possible research and conduct an intensive, systematic exchange between practice and science.
Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology (HIB)
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Our studies show that attention develops throughout childhood. The successful control of attention facilitates many learning processes. Therefore, educational concepts have to consider the developmental pathway of attention.
Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN)
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Grammar – basic competence for discovering and developing linguistic knowledge: Linguistics researches the entire spectrum of the language system and thus represents the central reference science for language education and teaching.
Leibniz-Institut for the German Language (IDS)
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In order to secure equal opportunities in the future and therefore the basis of our prosperity, educational policy must become the key pillar of the social market economy.
ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich