Prof. Dr. Florian Schmiedek
Center Speaker

Is head of the unit Cognitive Development at the Department "Education and Human Development" at the DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education.

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Prof. Dr. Ilonca Hardy
Center Co-Speaker

Is Professor of Educational Science with a focus on Elementary School Pedagogy and Empirical Educational Research

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The coordination is conducted by the DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education in the department "Education and Development".

Contact: Verena Diel, Dipl. psych.

Current Board Members

» Prof. Dr. Florian Schmiedek
  Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education; IDeA-Zentrum
» Prof. Dr. Ilonca Hardy
  Faculty of Educational Sciences; IDeA-Zentrum; ABL
» Prof. Dr. Holger Horz
  Faculty of Psychology and Sports Sciences; ABL
» Prof. Dr. Susanne Schnell
  Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics; ABL
» Prof Dr. Britta Viebrock
  Faculty of Modern Philologies; ABL
» Dr. Jeanette Ziehm-Eicher; IDeA-Zentrum
  Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education
» Dr. Ulrike Hartmann (Postdoc representative)
  DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Human Development and Educational Information
» Melinda Aldemir (Representative of the PhD students)
  Faculty of Educational Sciences


We welcome junior researchers—PhD candidates and Postdocs—located at Goethe University who work on research projects in the fields of educational sciences and subject specific pedagogies (didactics) and who have registered with the university’s “Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers“ (GRADE).

Three simple steps to become a member:

Admission to one of Goethe University’s faculties

As a PhD candidate, you have been admitted by one of Goethe University’s faculties. Alternatively, you are affiliated with one of the faculties to work on your habilitation project.

Application to GRADE

You have registered with the “Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers“ (GRADE). When filling out the GRADE registration form you indicated your interest in becoming a member of the GRADE Center Education. The registration form is available at our media libary.

Affiliation with GRADE Education

GRADE forwards the information on your interest to become a member of the GRADE Center Education to us. We will then contact you via e-mail and ask you to fill out a form in which you tell us about the thematic focus of your research project as well as your interests with regard to research contents and methods. If you are registered with GRADE already, please contact the Center Education directly.

As part of the project "The Next Level - Lehrerbildung vernetzt entwickeln", the "GRADE Center Education" is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of the  “Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung“—an initiative to enhance the quality of teaching at universities which is jointly funded by the Federal Government and the German federal states.


Involved Faculties and Institutions

» Faculty 02 – Economics and Business Administration
» Faculty 03 – Social Sciences
» Faculty 04 - Educational Sciences
» Faculty 05 – Psychology and Sports Sciences
» Faculty 09 - Linguistics, Cultures, and Arts
» Faculty 10 - Modern Languages
» Faculty 13 - Physics

Graduate Programmes

» Faculty 02: Kompetenzmodellierung und Kompetenzmessung im wirtschaftspädagogischen Studium (KoMeWP)
» Faculty 03: Erwerb von sprachlichen und kulturellen Kompetenzen von Migrantenkindern und der Übergang nach der vierten Klasse (ESKOM-Ü4)
» Faculty 03: Wie denken zukünftige ÖkonomInnen? Eine qualitativ-quantitative Befragung von Studierenden der Wirtschaftswissenschaften an deutschen Hochschulen
» Faculty 03/10: PolECule. Entwicklung eines Curriculums für das bilinguale Unterrichtsfach Politics, Economics & Culture
» Faculty 04: „Professionalisierung von Fachkräften im Elementarbereich“ (PRIMEL)
» Faculty 05: Arbeitsgedächtnis und schulisches Lernen von Kindern mit niedriger Intelligenz