Köller, Olaf

Olaf Köller

Prof. Dr., Dipl.-Psych.
Ed. Research and Ed. Psychology


phone +49-(0)431-880-3120
address Olshausenstraße 62, D-24118 Kiel
room 126


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 and Head of the Department of Educational Research and Educational Psychology 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

NEPS - Nationales Bildungspanel
BiSS-EvalLesen Evaluation of the Approaches and Methods used in the Multidisciplinary Promotion of Reading in Primary Education
MEWS Measuring English Writing at Secondary Level. A Binational Comparative Study
BRISE Bremen Initiative to Foster Early Childhood Development
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.

Selected Publications

Becherer, J., Köller, O. & Zimmermann, F. (2021). Externalizing behaviour, task-focused behaviour, and academic achievement: An indirect relation? British Journal of Educational Psychology, 91, 27-45. DOI: 10.1111/bjep.12347
Jansen, T., Vögelin, C., Machts, N., Keller, S., Köller, O. & Möller, J. (2021). Judgment accuracy in experienced versus student teachers: Assessing essays in English as a foreign language. Teaching and Teacher Education, 97, 103216, 1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.tate. 2020.103216
Saß, S., Schütte, K., Kampa, N. & Köller, O. (2021). Continuous time models support the reciprocal relations between academic achievement and fluid intelligence over the course of a school year. Intelligence, 87, 101560. DOI: 10.1016/j.intell.2021.101560
Lindner, M. A., Eitel, A., Barenthien, J. & Köller, O. (2021). An integrative study on learning and testing with multimedia: Effects on students’ performance and metacognition. Learning and Instruction, 71 (2021), 101100, 1-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2018.01.002
Ömeroğulları, M., Guill, K. & Köller, O. (2020). Effectiveness of private tutoring during secondary schooling in Germany: Do the duration of private tutoring and tutor qualification affect school achievement? Learning and Instruction, 66, 101306. DOI: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2020.101306.
Robitzsch, A., Lüdtke, O., Goldhammer, F., Kröhne, U. & Köller, O. (2020). Reanalysis of the German PISA data: A comparison of different approaches for trend estimation with a particular emphasis on mode effects. Frontiers in Psychology, 11:884, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00884

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