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Fakultät Rehabilitationswissenschaften

Welcome to the website of the Department of Methods in Empirical Educational Research

In research and teaching, the field of "Methods of Empirical Educational Research" deals with methods of statistical evaluation of quantitative-empirical data as well as questions of experimental design and test-theoretical foundations of the recording of mental characteristics and traits. In rehabilitation science research and practice, quantitative-statistical methods are an important tool for planning and evaluating scientific studies, for the reception of current research results, and for the quality of practice-related decisions.

A methodologically oriented research focus of the department is the (further) development of statistical methods that allow simultaneous modeling of speed (reaction times) and accuracy (response quality) in experimental data. Thus, cognitive processes of interest and related scientific questions can be described and tested more comprehensively. An application-related research focus of the department concerns questions of computer-assisted diagnostics and support of children with learning difficulties and behavioral problems. Current research activities include the evaluation of support measures for children with combined learning disorders in writing and mathematics, the development and evaluation of tablet-based intervention modules for children and adolescents with ADHD, as well as the construction of learning progress tests and the adequate modeling of learning progress data.

Lectures, exercises and tutorials on statistical methods and the fundamentals of experimental design form a central part of the teaching. Great importance is attached to linking theoretical statistical concepts with relevant application scenarios and illustrative exercises. A typical application scenario, for which content-oriented courses are also offered, is the area of learning disorders

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