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Köller, Olaf

Olaf Köller

Prof. Dr., Dipl.-Psych.
Educational Research


phone +49-(0)431-880-3120
address Olshausenstraße 62, D-24118 Kiel
room 127


2001 Habilitation in Psychology, University of Potsdam
1997 Doctorate in Pyschology, Kiel University
1991 Diplom (Ger.) in Psychology, Kiel University
1984 - 1991 Studies in Psychology, Anthropology and Philosophy, Kiel University

Professional Activity

2009 - present Managing Scientific Director at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) and Full Professor of Educational Research at Kiel University
2004 - 2009 Founding Director of the Institute for Educational Quality Improvement and Full Professor of Educational Research at Humboldt University, Berlin
2002 - 2004 Full Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
2001 - 2002 Head of Junior Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
1996 - 2001 Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
1991 - 1996 Doctoral Student at the Leibniz Institute for Science Education (IPN)

Research Interests

The role of school environments for individual development
Large-scale Assessments
Educational Assessment and Educational Measurements
Implementation of innovations in schools

Current Projects

Reform of the secondary school system in Germany: A quasi-experimental field study on the effects of social and ethnic background on the development of student competencies and motivation and on the transition from lower secondary to vocational and upper secondary education in Berlin.
NEPS - Nationales Bildungspanel
The PaLea Study
BISS - Evaluation von Leseförderprogrammen im Grundschulbereich
Mews - Erfassung von Schreibkompetenzen im Fach Englisch in der gymnasialen Oberstufe: Ein binationales Vergleichsprojekt

Selected Publications

Fleckenstein, J., Zimmermann, F., Köller, O. & Möller, J. (2015). What works best? Expert and novice teachers’ beliefs about school effectiveness. Frontline Learning Research, 3 (2), 27-46; DOI 10.14786/flr.v3i2.162.
Lindner, M. A., Eitel, A., Thoma, G.-B., Dalehefte, I. M., Ihme, J. M., & Köller, O. (2014). Tracking the Decision Making Process in Multiple-Choice Assessment: Evidence from Eye Movements. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 738-752. doi: 10.1002/acp.3060
Möller, J., Zimmermann, F. & Köller, O. (2014). The reciprocal internal/external frame of reference model using grades and test scores. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 84, 591-611. DOI: 10.1111/bjep.12047.
Nissen, A., Ehmke, T., Köller, O. & Duchardt, C. (2015). Comparing apples with oranges? An approach to link TIMSS and the National Educational Panel Study in Germany via equipercentile and IRT methods. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 47, 58-67. DOI 10.1016/j.stueduc.2015.07.003 0191-491X.
Retelsdorf, J. & Köller, O. (2014). Reciprocal effects between reading comprehension and spelling. Learning and Individual Differences, 30, 77-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.lindif.2013.11. 007.
Retelsdorf, J., Köller, O. & Möller, J. (2014). Reading achievement and reading self-concept - Testing the reciprocal effects model. Learning and Instruction, 29, 21-30. DOI: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2013.07.004.
Schütte, K. & Köller, O. (2015). Discover, understand, implement, and transfer: Effective-ness of an intervention program to motivate students for science. International Journal of Science Education, 37, 2306-2325. DOI 10.1080/09500693.2015.1077537.
Volodina, A., Nagy, G. & Köller, O. (2015). Success in the first phase of vocational career: The role of cognitive and scholastic abilities, personality factors, and vocational interests. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 91, 11-22. DOI 10.1016/j.jvb.2015.08.009.

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