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Fakultät Rehabilitationswissenschaften


Assignment of theses                       

Status: May 21

Dear students,

the team of the Department of Development and Research of Inclusive Educational Processes, Faculty 13, is continuously looking for interested students for Bachelor and Master theses. Within the framework of final theses, the following focal points can currently be pursued.


Thematic area

Possible research topics

Contact person

Focus "Apply and further develop test procedures

(Methods: applying learning process diagnostics; systematic literature review; meta-analysis; latent variable models; developing and applying test procedures; individual case analysis; development of norm values)  

Working memory tests

  • Establishing convergent validity in working memory tests in paper and online versions.
M.A. Sven Anderson; sven.andersontu-dortmundde

Mathematics tests
(addition & subtraction, number dictation, number decomposition, number line)

  • Establishment of normative and comparative values for longitudinal learning gains or cross-sectional achievement levels.
M.A. Sven Anderson; sven.andersontu-dortmundde


  • Establishing convergent validity of direct behavior ratings in course measurement.
  • Interrater reliability between different professions
Vertr. Prof.
Dr. Michael Schurig;


Quality inclusive school

  • Testing of the QU!S-K for assessing the quality of inclusive schools
Vertr. Prof.
Dr. Michael Schurig;


Experiencing inclusion and participation in school and kindergarten

  • Normalization and Evaluation of the PIQ-K
  • Effects of systematic and personal background characteristics on the experience of inclusion
  • Effects of systematic background characteristics on the experience of social participation
Vertr. Prof.
Dr. Michael Schurig;


Focus: "School underachievement and socio-emotional abnormalities".

(Methods: systematic literature review; meta-analysis; development of teacher surveys; apply testing procedures).  

Working memory relieving teaching methods

  • Teacher survey on awareness of the importance of working memory processes in the context of school and teaching/consideration of working memory relieving teaching methods.
Dr. Nurit Viesel-Nordmeyer

Linguistic and mathematical competences

  • Teacher Survey on Awareness of the Importance of Language in Mathematics Instruction (Elementary School)
  • Teacher survey on adaptive teaching methods with a focus on different linguistic prerequisites (elementary school)
  • Learning disorders - does social background matter? (Meta-analysis or literature review)
  • Development of a parent questionnaire to promote early literacy/early numeracy
Dr. Nurit Viesel-Nordmeyer

Math Anxiety

  • Application of the Mathematics Anxiety Interview (MAI).
  • Comparison of internationally existing instruments for the measurement of mathematics anxiety
Dr. Nurit Viesel-Nordmeyer und
M.A. Sarah Lamb;


Comorbidity of learning difficulties and mental health problems

  • Internalizing and externalizing abnormalities in children and/or adolescents with learning disabilities.
M.A. Sarah Lamb;

Focus: ethics, disability studies, basic questions of general special education.

(Methods: Hermeneutic work, qualitative interviews, work with archives, sequence analyses).  

Disability Studies

  • Representations and Representation Criticism
  • Discourse analyses of current (professional) discourses
Dr. Claudia Gottwald;


  • Professional ethics issues
  • Current debates related to vulnerable groups (e.g., euthanasia, Corona pandemic, justice...)
Dr. Claudia Gottwald;


  • Disability History
Dr. Claudia Gottwald;

Cooperation projects with the Chair of Pedagogy for Learning Disabilities including inclusive pedagogy at the University of Regensburg


Reading literacy tests in inclusive and special needs primary education.

  • Looking at the reading skills of different groups of students with and without disabilities or with different support needs using a reading screening
Nikola Ebenbeck;

Mathematics tests (comparing weights & lengths)

  • Piloting of mathematics tests on length and weight measures in 9th grades in special needs schools, in pre-vocational measures or in vocational schools for special educational support
  • Establishment of comparative values for longitudinal learning growth or cross-sectional achievement levels for students with special educational support needs in the focus area of learning/learning disabilities in graduating classes
Dr. Stephanie Lutz; stephanie.lutzurde

Social and home environment of children and youth with special educational needs

  • Comparisons of home support for groups of students in inclusive versus further education settings
  • Comparisons of home-school collaboration for students with special educational needs in different learning settings
Dr. Stephanie Lutz; stephanie.lutzurde

If you have a topic request that fits a team member's area of interest in the field, please feel free to send us an abstract (1 p.).
This should contain the following key points:

  • Theoretical foundation (with at least one reference)
  • Methodological approach (e.g., instruments/procedures)
  • A concrete research question
  • A time schedule

Please plan at least 6 months in advance.

If we have aroused your interest, please send an e-mail to the contact person.


Information Sheet Theses


Guidelines for theses

The formal criteria for examination papers (term papers, written papers, diploma theses, state examination theses, bachelor theses, master theses) in this subject are based on the guidelines for writing examination papers prepared by Prof. Tröster (Rehabilitation Psychology) (Tröster & Linderkamp 2008).

For more information on registration, processing time, and submission, visit the Faculty 13 page.

Thesis Document Template

On Eldoardo, the repository of the TU Dortmund University, you can find good and very good master theses as inspiring examples:


SPSS support

The following link provides videos that explain how to use SPSS in English: SPSS Support (EN). If you have any questions, please refer to this page first and only then contact the people in the department.

Introductory courses at the SBAZ   

The Statistical Consulting and Analysis Center (SBAZ) offers introductory courses in the statistical software SPSS® for Windows® at irregular intervals under the direction of Dipl.-Stat. Swetlana Herbrandt. If you decide to write a quantitative master thesis and have not yet gained much experience with SPSS® during your studies, we recommend that you register for this introductory course as early as possible. You can find the link to further information and registration on the page of the Faculty of Statistics.