Department of Empirical Educational Research

Our departments conduct research on early childhood education and diversity in primary and secondary education. Sonja Perren’s lab focuses on early childhood education and more specifically, on interactions between caregivers and children and on children's socio-emotional development. Axinja Hachfeld’s  lab focus on diversity in education and the role of professional competencies among (prospective) teachers, educational mentorships, and diversity-sensitive teaching. Jeanine Grütter’s lab investigates the development of social, moral, and civic competencies from childhood to young adulthood and their correlation with inclusive peer relations in the context of diverse schools.