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Program Profile

The International Doctoral School “Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation” is an interdisciplinary PhD program in the Learning Sciences, incorporating research from Educational Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Biology Education, Mathematics Education, Medical Education, Education Sciences, Computer Science and Social Work. REASON aims to advance scientific knowledge on the development and promotion of scientific reasoning and argumentation skills from preschool age to adulthood.

Research Areas

The program research areas include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) The interplay between domain-specific and domain-general skills in reasoning and argumentation
(2) The role of epistemic emotions in reasoning and argumentation
(3) The role of social context and social interaction in reasoning and argumentation
(4) Fostering reasoning and argumentation skills
(5) The development of reasoning and argumentation
(6) Reasoning and argumentation in evidence-based practice
(7) The role of technology in reasoning and argumentation
(8) Measuring reasoning and argumentation (including competence-oriented and large scale assessment)

For additional information please visit the RESEARCH section of our webpage. 

Main Supervisory Body

Doctoral candidates will carry out scientific research in a supportive environment that brings together expert researchers from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Katholische Stiftungshochschule München, University of Applied Sciences (KSH):

Prof. Dr. Frank Fischer Chair of Education and Educational Psychology
Prof. Dr. Martin Fischer  Institute for Medical Education
Prof. Dr. Moritz Heene  Psychology in the Learning Sciences
Prof. Dr. Heinrich Hußmann  Work Group Media Informatics and Human-Machine-Interaction
Prof. Dr. Birgit J. Neuhaus  Institute for the Didactics of Biology
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pekrun  Chair for Personality & Educational Psychology
Prof. Dr. Beate Sodian  Chair of Developmental and Educational Psychology
Prof. Dr. Stefan Ufer  Chair for Mathematics Education
Prof. Dr. Reiss Kristina Heinz Nixdorf Chair for Mathematics Education
Prof. Dr. Tina Seidel Friedl Schöller Endowed Chair for Educational Psychology
Prof. Dr. Birgit Dorner Professor for Arts Education
Prof. Dr. Sabine Pankofer Psychology in Social Work