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Section Editor: Nobert M. Seel

Professor Norbert M. Seel studied Education, Psychology, Philosophy and History and earned his doctorate at Saarland University in Germany. From 1998 he was distinguished professor of education with the focus on research on learning and instruction at Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany.

He has taught a large range of subjects in the field of social sciences. His research interests include model-based learning and thinking, inductive reasoning and complex problem solving, the investigation of exploratory learning within technology-enhanced environments, creativity and processes of decision making in instructional settings. Professor Seel has published more than 20 books, among them the textbooks "Psychology of Learning" (2nd ed.) and “Educational Science” as well as more than 200 refereed journal articles and book chapters in the area of cognitive psychology, learning research and instruction.

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  1. Student awareness levels are frequently used to evaluate the effectiveness of educational policies to promote scientific literacy. Over the last years several studies have been developed to assess students’ pe...

    Authors: Maria João Fonseca, Patrício Costa, Leonor Lencastre and Fernando Tavares
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:496
  2. The situation of patients with multiple myeloma, whose treatment often implies high-dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation that can be associated with severe symptoms and psychological distress, has g...

    Authors: Julia Dürner, Hans Reinecker and Herbert Csef
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:397
  3. Struggles over euthanasia can be examined in terms of tactics used by players on each side of the issue to reduce outrage from actions potentially perceived as unjust. From one perspective, the key injustice i...

    Authors: Brian Martin
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:256
  4. The impact of missing data on quantitative research can be serious, leading to biased estimates of parameters, loss of information, decreased statistical power, increased standard errors, and weakened generali...

    Authors: Yiran Dong and Chao-Ying Joanne Peng
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:222
  5. Moderately preterm birth seems to be an evolutional risk condition at cognitive, behavioural and socio-relational levels. The study is aimed to investigate the likely occurrence of precursors of Attention Defi...

    Authors: Giovanna Perricone, M Regina Morales and Germana Anzalone
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:221
  6. The paper argues that values are universals, either properties or relations. For the latter, instantiation is a matter of the content of the relation, the relata, and the context (the instantiation of further ...

    Authors: Zoltan Balazs
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:166
  7. This review aims to provide an insight into human learning processes by examining the role of cognitive and emotional unconscious processing in mentally integrating visual and verbal instructional materials. R...

    Authors: Seffetullah Kuldas, Hairul Nizam Ismail, Shahabuddin Hashim and Zainudin Abu Bakar
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2013 2:105
  8. Although General Didactics (GD) and Instructional Design (ID) have not shown many points of contact in the past, there are some obvious parellels from the perspective of their historical development. This will...

    Authors: Klaus Zierer and Norbert M Seel
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2012 1:15
  9. This paper addresses the issue of intimate partner violence against women and its related immigration stressors in Pakistani immigrant families in Germany. Drawing on 32 in-depth interviews with Pakistani wome...

    Authors: Rubeena Zakar, Muhammad Z Zakar, Thomas Faist and Alexander Kraemer
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2012 1:5