Research on Learning and Instruction: An Interdisciplinary Program
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CORE THEMES OF THE PROGRAM
Educators and teachers in K-12 education, universities, and beyond are increasingly expected to identify, assess, and analyze educational problems and to solve them in competent and ethical ways. To be able to achieve this, they require current and well-grounded knowledge about the conditions and effects of processes of learning and instruction. In this Master’s program, students acquire profound knowledge and skills related to research on learning and instruction. Through this—and under the guidance of highly qualified instructors—they produce knowledge that is urgently needed in educational practice.
Main features of the program
- Strong research orientation: The teaching concept strongly mirrors the process of empirical research. Students not only discuss, but also produce empirical evidence on the conditions, processes, and effects of learning and instruction (under close guidance of the instructors).
- Interdisciplinary focus: The courses take psychological and educational perspectives on learning and instruction. In addition, perspectives from various subject matter didactics and media didactics are included. The courses also build on students’ diverse experiences from their previous study programs.
- Internationalization: The students discuss the current state of international research on learning and instruction. Also, they are encouraged to travel to international conferences and to go for research stays abroad.
- Intensive guidance: Students’ research projects are closely supervised by the instructors, , with an excellent instructor-to-student ratio. There are also plenty of opportunities for interaction and discussion outside of the boundaries of the courses.
- Innovative course formats: The students receive plenty of high-level learning opportunities in authentic contexts (e.g., debates, project seminars, academic retreats, conferences).
The first part of the Master’s program “Research on Learning and Instruction” is characterized by (a) a discursive and theory-based consideration of diverse disciplinary perspectives on learning and instruction (educational psychology, educational science, subject matter didactics, media didactics), and (b) an intensive research methods curriculum.
In the second part of the study program, students specialize in two out of five areas. There, they work on empirical research projects under intensive guidance from their instructors. The areas of specialization are:
- Cognitive and instructional processes of learning and instruction
- Motivational and emotional processes of learning and instruction
- Teaching and learning with media
- Teacher professionalism and heterogeneity
- Technology-supported assessment and facilitation of learning and instruction
This program addresses students with a degree in teacher education or bachelor’s degrees from disciplines related to empirical research on learning and instruction (e.g., educational science, psychology, communication science, etc.). Further requirements are:
- Theoretical, domain-specific knowledge (e.g., theories of learning and instruction, motivational theories, teaching and learning with media, teacher professionalism, heterogeneous learning prerequisites, technology-supported assessment and facilitation of learning and instruction)
- Methodological knowledge and skills (e.g., data collection and analysis, foundations of diagnostics, basic statistics)
- English language proficiency: B2 (e.g., TOEFL; to be handed in by the end of the 1st semester; free courses are available here)
- German language proficiency: A2 (e.g., Goethe-Zertifikat A2; to be handed in by the end of the 1st semester; free courses are available here)
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM QUALIFY FOR?
FREE LANGUAGE COURSES
For non-native speakers, the Master’s program “Research on Learning and Instruction: An Interdisciplinary Program” demands English language proficiency on level B2 and German language proficiency on level A2. These proofs can be handed in until the end of the first semester. Free English and German Language courses are available for all students, offered by the Sprachenzentrum.
WHY STUDY IN AUGSBURG?
Applications for the Master’s program “Research on Learning and Instruction: An Interdisciplinary Program” are possible until June 15th
The qualification test consists of two steps:
Step 1: Written application
Step 2: Oral interview (if necessary)
Target group: Graduates of teacher education or bachelor’s programs with a close relation to empirical research on learning and instruction (e.g., educational science, psychology, communication science, etc.)
Terms and deadlines:
Start of studies: every winter semester
Deadline for applications: June 15th, each year (cut-off period)
Link to the application form