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Guest at LIfBi: Prof. Dr. David Kaplan

As of December 6th, the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories welcomes Professor David Kaplan, Ph.D., for a guest visit. Kaplan is Professor of Quantitative Methods at the Institute of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) and is currently holding the Max Kade Visiting Professorship at Heidelberg University (Germany) during this winter semester. During his guest stay at LIfBi, Kaplan will provide an insight into his current research and will be available for intensive exchange on research methodological issues.

David Kaplan is an internationally renowned expert in the field of quantitative methods in educational research. For example, he received the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2015 and was recently elected President of the Psychometric Society. In addition, Kaplan was a visiting professor at the University of Bamberg in 2018 and was already a guest at LIfBi at that time. As an outstanding cooperator, LIfBi awarded him the honorary status of LIfBi Research Affiliate in 2019.

Kaplan's scientific interests include Bayesian approaches to model averaging, missing data, probabilistic forecasting, and dynamic borrowing from historical data. During his current stay in Heidelberg, Kaplan conducts workshops and lectures, among other topics, on the development and application of Bayesian statistical methods. One focus is on large-scale education studies, such as PISA, in which his methodological approaches are applied.

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