Institute for Educational Research and Development
Innovative, vocationally relevant research and development
Ever since teacher training has been fully incorporated into the university degree structure, research and development activities have formed an integral part of the education process at the FHNW School of Education. The thematic focus of the Institute for Educational Research and Development, part of the FHNW School of Education, is on research and development, with activities organised in five research centres.
The Institute for Educational Research and Development (IERD) at the FHNW School of Education directs its research and development activities at questions and issues pertaining to the professional field of education. The focus is on the acquisition of new insights and knowledge regarding the social reality of growing up and learning; the processes involved in disciplinary and cross-disciplinary learning; school quality and education systems; and the causal relationships and influences of a wide range of factors, measures and effects in educational and didactic activities. The IERD also develops teaching and learning resources and learning environments. Once these resources and environments have been implemented they are also evaluated for their effects.
The knowledge gained with respect to school and instruction, the conditions that frame school and instruction, and their impacts are communicated to students and professionals in the areas of education and continuing education. Thereby this knowledge is made fruitful in the form of services for education policy makers and administrations, schools and other interested parties.