Education, School, and Behaviour

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The university’s research focus "Education", which was established in 2008 alongside the research focus "Religion" at the University of Erfurt, has developed dynamically in recent years and is based on the interaction of research on education, school and behaviour. This involves research into the acquisition of competencies and the question of the conditions these acquisition is based on. This concerns language and decision making development, questions of inclusion and learning as well as health and media. In its breadth of content, its methodological diversity and homogeneity, the research focus at the University of Erfurt is increasingly popular among early stage researchers. This allows for a constant reflection on structural developments in research and teaching, especially in the Faculties of Education and Economics, Law and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Philosophy.

Projects of the research focus (German only)


Numerous information campaigns try to convince people to adopt healthy behavior. For example, we are confronted almost daily with calls to exercise more, eat healthier or quit smoking. Research shows that such messages can certainly work, but their…

In the presence of numerous guests from science, culture and politics - including Professor Alena Buyx (Chairwoman of the Ethics Council) and Katrin Göring-Eckart (Vice President of the German "Bundestag") - the Institute for Planetary Health…

The University of Erfurt will host the symposium "Froebel - The Nature of the Child", to which the International Froebel Society Germany invites to the Thuringian capital on September 15 and 16, 2023.

In a representative longitudinal survey of around 3,400 people from all over Germany, Professor Guido Mehlkop (holder of the Professorship for Quantitative Methods for Empirical Social Research at the University of Erfurt) and Dr. Robert Neumann…

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