IDeA is an interdisciplinary research center in Frankfurt, Germany. It was founded in 2008 as part of the Initiative for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence (LOEWE) by the state of Hesse and was financially supported until 2014. IDeA is a joint venture of the DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education, the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Sigmund-Freud-Institut. Its coordination office and laboratories are integrated in the DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education.
The center brings together scientists from various disciplines that cooperatively investigate children’s learning and developmental processes as well as the perspectives of educators, teachers, parents, and the actors of educational policy. IDeA incorporates experts from the fields of psychology, educational science, psycholinguistics, neuroscience, sociology, and psychoanalysis.