In teaching, we represent developmental psychology in the B.Sc.- / M.Sc. degree program Psychology.
In our research, we deal with a broad spectrum of basic and application-oriented topics. Our research focuses on the development of text-language comprehension and memory, the acquisition of media literacy from the preschool age, media impact and learning with the media, development of spatial cognitions and mathematical competencies.
The professorship is also the scientific director of the Center for Media Didactics (ZfM). It is a central scientific institution that sees itself as an interdisciplinary meeting place in the field of digital media.
We welcome Viktoria Thielen in the team of developmental psychology for the next weeks. She will help us as a research trainee to get to know the different tasks of scientific work better. We wish you a pleasant start and a successful time in developmental psychology!
We welcome our new colleague Franziska Freudenberger from February 2019. She works as a research assistant within the DFG-funded project "A media sign literacy training program for kindergarten children ". We wish you a pleasant start and a successful time in developmental psychology!
Already at the kindergarten age, media literacy is an important factor in the development of educationally relevant skills and is a predictor for the acquisition of later academic skills. The DFG-funded project "Training in Media Literacy in kindergarten" is a cooperation of the JMU Würzburg and the TU Chemnitz. The goal is the development and evaluation of a training program for the promotion of medial character skills of 4- to 5-year-olds, which can be used independently in the kindergarten by educators. In addition to the effect on media literacy, the impact of training on educational skills and the learning effectiveness of digital media will be reviewed. For this purpose, a long-term study over two years will be conducted at the two sites in Würzburg and Chemnitz.
The total duration of the project is three years. For this purpose, both developmental psychology and the Center for Media Didactics work on the project in Würzburg. In addition, two additional doctoral positions will be created in Würzburg and one in Chemnitz.