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

E-Mail: detlev.leutner@uni-due.de

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"

10 Selected Publications

  • Leutner, D., Fleischer, J., Grünkorn, J. & Klieme, E. (Eds.). (2017). Competence assessment in education – research, models, and instruments. New York: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-50030-0.
  • Leutner, D. (2014). Motivation and emotion as mediators in multimedia learning. Learning and Instruction, 29, 174-175. DOI 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2013.05.004.
  • Dicke, T., Parker, P.D., Marsh, H.W., Kunter, M., Schmeck, A., & Leutner, D. (2014). Self-efficacy in classroom management, classroom disturbances, and burnout: A latent moderated mediation analysis. Journal of Educational Psychology, 106, 569-583. DOI: 10.1037/a0035504.
  • Klauer, K.J. & Leutner, D. (2012). Lehren und Lernen. Einführung in die Instruktionspsychologie [Teaching and learning. Introduction into instructional psychology] (2., überarb. Aufl). Weinheim: Beltz-PVU.
  • 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. DOI: 10.1037/a0019640.
  • Leutner, D., Leopold, C. & Sumfleth, E. (2009). Cognitive load and science text comprehension: Effects of drawing and mentally imagining text content. Computers in Human Behavior, 25, 284-289. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2008.12.010.
  • Wirth, J. & Leutner, D. (2008). Self-regulated learning as a competence. Implications of theoretical models for assessment methods. Zeitschrift für Psychologie/ Journal of Psychology, 216, 102-110. DOI 10.1027/0044-3409.216.2.102.
  • Höffler, T.N. & Leutner, D. (2007). Instructional animations versus static pictures: a metaanalysis. Learning & Instruction, 17, 722-238. doi:10.1016/j.learninstruc.2007.09.013.
  • 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.


  • 2019
    „Award for the promotion of the multidisciplinarity educational research“, by Society for Empirical Educational Research (GEBF) (together with Elke Sumfleth and Hans E. Fischer)
  • 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

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