Team

PINA is an interdisciplinary competence centre for early childhood education research with several research topics. We welcome further scientists who want to engage in PINA and its research projects! Currently, our team consists of:

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Gerlind Große

Professor for early childhood education research

Gerlind Große is a developmental psychologist and educational researcher. She does her research and teaches at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam in the programme “M.A. Early Childhood Research”. Her main interests are 1) development in practical work and transfer, 2) development of communication and language, 3) socio-emotional development.

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Frauke Hildebrandt

Professor for Early Childhood Research

Frauke Hildebrandt is head of the joint degree programme “M.A. Early Childhood Research” of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and the University of Potsdam. She is head of several research projects. Her main research areas are quality in early education as well as educative interaction, participation and development of rationality.

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Jan Lonnemann

Professor for Empirical Childhood Research

Jan Lonnemann works at the University of Potsdam and teaches in the programme “M.A. Early Childhood Research”. His main research interest are the foundations of the acquisition of reading and calculating abilities in school.

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Birgit Elsner

Professor for Developmental Psychology

Birgit Elsner teaches and does research on socio-cognitive development in early childhood as well as on the relations between early childhood language acquisition and the development of non-linguistic cognitive abilities at the University of Potsdam. She also investigates how problems in controlling behaviours and/or regulating emotions as well as theory of mind influence development during primary school age, especially in relation to aggressive behaviours and eating/weight problems. Prof. Dr. Elsner and Prof. Dr. Barbara Höhle are heads of the baby lab at the university of Potsdam.

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Caroline Wronski

Academic Staff, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Caroline Wronski is lecturer/researcher at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. She teaches cognitive development in early childhood, which is also her main research interest. She is co-director of the master studies programme Early Childhood Research and of the EQUIP project (Quality and Interaction in Everyday Pedagogy).

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Bianka Pergande

Academic Staff, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Bianka Pergande is an academic staff member in early childhood research at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Her main focus are children’s rights. She does research on quality and participation in kindergartens. She is responsible for the BiKA project (participation in kindergarten interaction) and for the coordination of PINA.

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Karoline Lohse

Academic Staff, University of Potsdam

Karoline Lohse is research associate and lecturer at the University of Potsdam. Her research focuses on the development of children’s temporal reasoning and the influence of social interactions on children’s learning.

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Juliane Burmester

Academic Staff, University of Potsdam

Juliane Burmester is a research associate in the project EQUIP (Quality and Interaction in Everyday Pedagogy).
Her research focuses on how elements of sustained shared thinking in adult-child-interactions influence children’s verbal behaviour. Moreover, she studies language comprehension and production using behavioural and electrophysiological methods.

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Jasmin Luthardt

Academic Staff, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Jasmin Luthardt is an academic reseacher at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and is doing her doctorate in EQUIP subproject 2a on pre-school teachers' beliefs about adult-child interaction in Kindergarden. In addition to processing innovations in educational institutions, she deals with questions about quality of pedagogical processes in the field of early childhood.

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Ruben Maué

Academic Staff, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Ruben Maué is a research associate and project coordinator of EQUIP. He evaluates in-service professional development programs for
kindergarden employees. Specifically, he implements methods of social psychology to monitor attidue changes elicited by such programs.

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Gregor Kachel

Academic Staff, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Gregor Kachel is a research associate and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. His research focuses on selective social learning in early peer interactions, gestural communication and the development of children's symbolic competence.