Dr Benjamin Brummernhenrich
Benjamin Brummernhenrich is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Münster. He received his doctorate in psychology in 2014, with a dissertation on the role of politeness in instruction. He researches instructional communication in diverse domains, from public schools to higher education and expert–layperson communication. His main interest lies in the relationships between social aspects and the content of the communication between instructors and learners. He has been involved in the teacher education programme at the Institute of Psychology for Education in Münster. In this context, he has taught cooperative learning and research methods to pre-service teachers. As in DIALLS, this entails the collaborative elaboration of strategies for improving learning contexts and designing tasks so as to maximise the potential for productive discussion amongst learners. He is also experienced with the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data from instructional discourses and self-reports.
Prof Dr Regina Jucks
Prof Dr Regina Jucks (Diploma and PhD in Psychology) is a full professor at the Institute of Psychology for Education at the University of Münster. Since 2011, she has headed the local centre for teaching in higher education. She also holds an habilitation in Psychology (2005). Her research fields address various settings of instructional communication ranging from doctor–patient interaction to higher education. Dr Jucks has been engaged in teacher education since 2008. Her scientific output includes more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, and more than 70 international conference activities. She is part of scientific boards and peer reviewer for many high-impact journals. Within the Institute, Dr. Regina Jucks’ workgroup addresses the role of social/communicative processes in learning and teaching, thereby fitting the focus of the DIALLs well.