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Professor Jens Beckmann

Professor, Director of Postgraduate Research

Professor, Director of Postgraduate Research in the School of Education+44 (0) 191 33 48375
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing+44 (0) 191 33 48375


Jens Beckmann is Professor of Educational Psychology, and Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute at Durham. 

Jens joined Durham University, School of Education in 2011 from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia where he was Director of the Accelerated Learning Laboratory. Prior to that he worked at the University of Sydney (Australia), Yale University (USA), the University of Bonn and the University of Leipzig (Germany).

His areas of expertise and his main foci of research have mainly been on the study and the assessment of intellectual abilities. More specifically, he conducts research in three main areas:

Dynamic Testing: Dynamic tests concentrate specifically on intellectual potential instead of the mere registration of what examinees are capable of doing at the given time of testing. He has been working extensively on the development of dynamic assessment procedures (e.g. learning tests).

Complex Problem Solving: His interest here is primarily on knowledge acquisition processes whilst dealing with complex dynamic simulations and their effects on controlling such systems. Research in complex problem solving not only allows studying learning and the acquisition and application of knowledge it can also provide a framework to address issues around instructional design.

Cognitive Flexibility: Cognitive flexibility can broadly be defined as the ability to deal with novelty, adjust to changes, and to break out of routine ways of thinking when necessary. Jens' research in this area is concerned with both conceptualisation (i.e. how to define) and operationalization (i.e. how to measure) of these practically highly relevant facets of intellectual functioning.

Jens welcomes enquiries regarding potential supervision of postgraduate and doctoral research broadly related to the above-mentioned topics.

Completed Supervisions

Assessment, development and experimental evaluation of self-regulatory support in online learning.

Introducing Dynamic Testing to Teachers in Malaysia: An Experimental Investigation of Its Effects on Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices about Assessment.

 Teacher Absenteeism and the Perceived Reasons for its Effect on Student Achievement in Three Barbadian Secondary Schools.

 An investigation into the challenges faced by international school teachers when interpreting the results from standardised tests.

Comparative Multiple Case Study into the Teaching of Problem-Solving Competence in Lebanese Middle Schools.

Research interests

  • Cognitive Flexibility
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Dynamic Testing

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