Vita Leutner

Head of the Department Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Detlev Leutner

Department of Instructional Psychology
Faculty of Educational Sciences
University of Duisburg-Essen
Universitätsstr. 2
45141 Essen

Tel. +49 (0)201-183-2154
Fax +49 (0)201-183-4350

Room Nr: S06 S03 A18


Research Interests

  • Research on learning and instruction, including self-regulated learning, learning with multimedia, cognitive load, higher education, teacher training, problem solving
  • Research methods and competence assessment

Main Teaching Areas

  • Instructional psychology
  • Empirical research methods

Selected Academic Services

  • Member, DFG Senat (2009-2015)
  • Founding Director, Center for Empirical Educational Research, Duisburg-Essen University (2008-2012)
  • Speaker, DFG Priority Program 1293 "Models of Competencies" (2007- 2014; together with E. Klieme)
  • Member, Executive Board of the "Institute for Educational Progress" (IQB, Berlin, 2004+)
  • Member, PISA 2012 Problem Solving Expert Group and German PISA 2003 Consortium
  • Member, project team "Hochrisikophase" (since 2014), project team „Preparation of Learner Drivers“ (2010-2012), project team „Accompanied Driving“ (2002-2004), Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)

Research Grants & Funded Projects

  • DFG Research Unit “Academic learning and study success in the entry phase of science and technology study programs (ALSTER)”
  • DFG Research Group & Graduate School „nwu-essen"
  • BMBF Project „Broad Pedagogical Knowledge and the Acquisition of Professional Competence in Teacher Candidates
  • "Mercator Project "Ganz In - All Day-Schools for a Brighter Future. The New All-Day Secondary School in NRW"

Selected Publications

  • Höffler, T., Koc-Januchta, M. & Leutner, D. (2017). More evidence for three types of cognitive style: Validating the Object-Spatial Imagery and Verbal Questionnaire using eye tracking when learning with texts and pictures. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 31, 109-115.
  • Dicke, T., Stebner, F., Linninger, C., Kunter, M. & Leutner, D. (2017, online first). A longitudinal study of teachers' occupational well-being: Applying the job demands-resources model. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.
  • Leutner, D., Fleischer, J., Grünkorn, J. & Klieme, E. (Eds.). (2017). Competence assessment in education – research, models, and instruments. New York: Springer.
  • Leopold, C. & Leutner, D. (2015). Improving students' science text comprehension through metacognitive self-regulation when applying learning strategies. Metacognition & Learning, 10, 313–346.
  • Dicke, T., Parker, P.D., Marsh, H.W., Kunter, M., Schmeck, A., & Leutner, D. (2014). Classroom management, classroom disturbances, and burnout: A latent moderated mediation analysis. Journal of Educational Psychology, 106, 569-583.
  • Leutner, D. (2014). Motivation and emotion as mediators in multimedia learning. Learning and Instruction, 29, 174-175.
  • Leopold, C. & Leutner, D. (2012). Science text comprehension: Drawing, main idea selection, and summarizing as learning strategies. Learning and Instruction, 22, 16-26.
  • Schwamborn, A., Mayer, R. E., Thillmann, H., Leopold, C., & Leutner, D. (2010). Drawing as a generative activity and drawing as a prognostic activity. Journal of Educational Psychology, 104, 872-879.
  • Koeppen, K., Hartig, J., Klieme, E. & Leutner, D. (2008). Current issues in competence modeling and assessment. Zeitschrift für Psychologie/ Journal of Psychology, 216, 61-73.
  • Höffler, T.N. & Leutner, D. (2007). Instructional animations versus static pictures: a metaanalysis. Learning & Instruction, 17, 722-238.
  • Brünken, R., Plass, J.L. & Leutner, D. (2003). Direct measurement of cognitive load in multimedia learning. Educational Psychologist, 38, 53-61.
  • Plass, J.L., Chun, D., Mayer, R.E. & Leutner, D. (1998). Supporting visualizer and verbalizer learning preferences in a second language multimedia learning environment. Journal of Educational Psychology, 90, 25-36.


  • 2012
    Dr. h.c. award by Freiburg University of Education 
  • 2008 - 2012
    Director of the Duisburg-Essen University Center for Empirical Educational Research
  • since 2002
    Full Professor for Instructional Psychology,
    Duisburg-Essen University
  • 1993 - 2002
    Full Professor for Instructional Psychology, Erfurt University
  • 1992
    "Habilitation" & venia legendi for Psychology, Aachen University of Technology
  • 1990 - 1993
    Associate Professor for Psychological Research Methods, Giessen University
  • 1981 - 1990
    Assistant Professor for Educational Psychology, Lecturer, and Research Assistant, Dept. of Education, Aachen University of Technology
  • 1985
    Ph.D. in Education, Psychology & Philosophy, Aachen University of Technology
  • 1981
    Degree in Psychology (Diploma), Aachen University of Technology