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Köller, Olaf

Olaf Köller

Prof. Dr., Dipl.-Psych.


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


2001 Habilitation Dr. phil. habil. at the University of Potsdam
1997 Dissertation - Dr. phil. at Kiel University
1991 Studies in Psychology, Anthropology and Philosophy at Kiel University, Diploma in Psychology

Professional Activity

2009 - present Managing Director at the Leibniz Institute for Science Education (IPN) and Full Professor of Educational Research at Kiel University
2004 - 2009 Founding Director of the Institute for Educational Progress 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 Senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
1996 - 2001 Scientific researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
1991 - 1996 Ph.D. student at the Leibniz Institute for Science Education (IPN)

Activity at IPN

Managing Director of the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education
Managing director of the Department of Educational Research/ Educational Assessment and Educational Measurement

Research Interests

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

Current Projects

ManKobE - Mathematical-scientific competencies in initial vocational training
ASSIST-ME - Assess Inquiry in Science, Technology and Mathematics Education
The PaLea Study
TIMMS - Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study

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.
Kolovou, A., van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, M. & Köller, O. (2013). An intervention including an online game to improve sixth graders’ performance in early algebra. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 44, 510-549.
Leucht, M., Prieß-Buchheit, J., Pant, H. A. & Köller, O. (2013). Sometimes less is more: Educational effectiveness of English as a foreign language instruction in German classrooms. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 24, 435-451. doi: 10.1080/ 09243453.2012.758640
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.
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.
Tiffin-Richards, S. P., Pant, H. A., & Köller, O. (2013): Setting standards for English foreign language assessment: Methodology, validation and a degree of arbitrariness. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 32(2),15-25. doi: 10.1111/emip.12008.
Vock, M., Köller, O. & Nagy, G. (2013). Vocational interests of intellectually gifted and highly achieving young adults. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 83, 305 - 328. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8279.2011.02063.x.
Zimmermann, F., Schütte, K., Taskinen, P. & Köller, O. (2013). Worse grades for misbehavior? Differential reciprocal effects of externalizing problem behavior and measures of achievement. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105, 747-761. doi: 10.1037/a0032793.

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