Educational research uses a variety of scientific methods to investigate and describe education in practice, for example in relation to learning processes, teaching methods, student assessment and school structures.
Educational research gathers fragmentary data from a variety of scientific disciplines in an attempt to present a coherent and holistic view of the complex reality of educational processes. Educational research hence seeks to promote better practice and also to support the development of an interdisciplinary theory of education.
Educational research provides a scientific framework for the implementation and evaluation of educational reform projects, helping to answer the question whether the objectives of such projects are reached with the available means.
Educational research develops concepts and models for the further development of the educational system based on objectives and priorities that are mainly political in origin.
Educational research also offers guidance and advice in the field of educational planning and school development.