The international graduate program „Reason“ focuses on interdisciplinary and collaborative research linking psychology, education as well as empirical research on learning in specific domains (e.g. medical education, mathematics educations or biology education). The prospective doctoral candidates will investigate specific aspects related to scientific reasoning and argumentation, e.g. how children and adults process scientific evidence in different disciplines, the roles of emotion, collaboration and technology in scientific reasoning and argumentation, how domain-specific and domain-general aspects play together in scientific reasoning and argumentation, and how the development of scientific reasoning and argumentation skills can be promoted by instruction.
The doctoral program, funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria, offers a structured, interdisciplinary and international training under the roof of the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences (MCLS). Involved researchers from different universities in Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Technische Universität, Katholische Stiftungsfachhochschule), have a broad international network which they use to support the doctoral candidates of the program. The language of instruction is English.