Empirical Educational Research in German-speaking Countries. Review and Perspectives

  • Katharina Maag Merki
Keywords: Empirical education research; multilevel system; historical development; research needs; research infrastructure Empirische Bildungsforschung; Mehrebenensystem; historische Entwicklung; Forschungsbedarf; Forschungsinfrastruktur Recherche empirique en éducation; système à plusieurs niveaux ; développement historique ; besoins en matière de recherche ; infrastructure de recherche Ricerca empirica educativa; sistema multilivello; sviluppo storico; esigenze di ricerca; infrastrutture di ricerca


The growth of empirical educational research in the German-speaking world over the past twenty years is related to the results of international large-scale assessments such as PISA and TIMSS, the implementation of new forms of governance, and the provision of extensive structural measures. This article first discusses “empirical educational research” as a field of research. In a second step, current research gaps are described. A need for research can be identified from a theoretical and methodological perspective and with regard to clarifying questions about the influencing factors and effects of educational processes. Furthermore, the development of a research infrastructure for educational research is advocated.

How to Cite
Maag Merki, K. (2021). Empirical Educational Research in German-speaking Countries. Review and Perspectives. Swiss Journal of Educational Research, 43(1), 41–50. https://doi.org/10.24452/sjer.43.1.4