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Teaching & Learning

The Institute for Teaching and Learning (T&L) brings together researchers investigating the processes of education in communities of practice. As such, the description, documentation, analysis, explanation, understanding, and development of teaching and learning processes and related structures are at the heart of our work.

We study the interplay between learning and teaching in a range of contexts with the aim of developing, understanding and improving the quality of education. Contexts of inquiry in this inter- and multi-disciplinary research field can range from activities within classrooms, to extra‐curricular settings, but also to initiatives outside of school contexts, including homes. Currently, T&L researchers carry out projects in the fields of language education, mathematics education, physical education, science education, teacher education, values education, computational thinking and educational technology practices.

We focus on teaching or educational aspects by addressing the following topics:

  • learning in and through interaction,
  • pedagogy, didactics, and the practice of teaching,
  • curriculum areas together with novel teaching resources and methods,
  • the diversity of learning / teaching contexts in a multicultural society,
  • the influence of non-school factors on school success, low completion rates and school dropouts,
  • assessment and evaluation.

In sum T&L researchers study learners in context and explore ways to improve practices, competences, skills and learning in various disciplines, for various age groups and in various settings. Researchers also seek to problematise the qualifications required by a society under digital transformation and in search of sustainability solutions, i.e., the need for thorough knowledge, skills and expertise in order to innovate and transit to a more sustainable future. The prospective flexibility and adaptability of the educational system as a whole (e.g., embracing kindergarten as well as vocational education and professional training) call for studies on the interplay between the education system and a changing society. This interaction constitutes a crucial challenge for today’s societies and an important object of inquiry for educational research in T&L.

Current International Collaborations

  • European Physical Education Association (EUPEA): Erasmus+ funded research projects related to physical education
  • European Space Education Resource Office Luxembourg (ESERO)
  • Goethe University Frankfurt (MathCityMap)
  • Islamic Azad University, Iran: "Physical activity of children and youth in Iran" (PAIR; funded by the Iran National Science Foundation)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology “Digitalisiertes Lernen in der MINT-Lehrer*innenbildung” (Digi-Mint)
  • Linz School of Education: GeoGebra
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich: Basic motor competencies (MOBAK)
  • Seoul National University “From disruption to recovery: Science educators’ responses during COVID-19” (Korean National Research Council funded)
  • Umeå University: "Drawing to learning and learning to Draw” (Swedish Research Council funded)
  • UNESCO Chair in “Physical Activity and Health in Educational Settings” at the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health at Universität Basel (close collaboration in all research fields linked to physical education)
  • Université de Liège: Algebraic thinking - Early number skills
  • Université Laurentienne: Algebraic thinking
  • Université de Sherbrooke and l’Organisation internationale de la Pensée Algébrique (OIPA)
  • Universität Potsdam: Basic motor competencies (MOBAK)
  • University of Luxembourg Competence Centre, Ecole Nationale de l’Education Physique et des Sports (ENEPS), Lycée Technique pour Professions Educatives et Sociales: Certificate for physical education and promotion of physical activity in formal and non-formal educational settings