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Institute of Education

Katrin Kraus

Katrin Kraus, Prof. Dr.

  • Professorin für Berufs- und Weiterbildung / Professor of Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education
+41 44 634 61 51
Freiestrasse 36, 8032 Zürich
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Focus Topics

  • Education, work and society
  • Work-related learning: vocational education, professional development, in-company training, workplace learning, learning in and for simple work / low-skilled work and in the context of self-employment
  • Educational governance in VET and adult education; including international comparison
  • Actor- and subject-oriented approaches to work-related education
  • Theory of Space and Place, Appropriation, sites of learning and architecture

Professional Activities

  • since 2021 Chair for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education at the University of Zurich; 2009–2014 professor for adult education and continuing education at the University for Teacher Education FHNW; previously held various positions at the universities of Trier, Zurich, Konstanz, Heidelberg, and Osnabrück as well as at the University of Education Freiburg i.B.
  • 2015-2021, member of the Executive Board of the University for Teacher Education FHNW, responsible for the continuing professional education department and head of the Institute for Continuing Education and Counseling
  • Working as adult educator since 1996

Academic Career

  • Studied educational science and German language and literature at the University of Trier, graduating in October 1999 with a degree in education, specializing in continuing education.
  • Doctorate at the University of Zurich with the thesis «From Vocation to Employability? On the Theory of Earning-oriented Education» in April 2005
  • Habilitation at the Helmut Schmidt University of Hamburg with the thesis «Education in the Context of Social Change and Transformation of Society: Adult Education and Vocational Education and Training» in June 2012 // at the University of Education Freiburg i.B. in June 2014 with the venia legendi for educational science with a focus on adult education/continuing education and vocational education

Public and Academic Positions

ZORA Publication List

ZORA Publication List (link only in German)

ORCID: 0000-0002-3847-4514