Mai 2019

Thrilling guest lecture

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Fauth of the University of Tübingen gave an interesting presentation on the 15th of May with the title Zum Verhältnis von Unterrichtsqualität und professioneller Kompetenz: Gute Lehrkraft = guter Unterricht?. More information can be found under Guest Lectures.

Vanda Sieber is back!

We are happy that our Senior Research Assistant Vanda Sieber is back after five months of maternity leave. During her absence a congress contribution (see GEBF conference in February 2019) as well as an exciting paper of her were published:

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

Sieber, V., Flückiger, L., Mata, J., Bernecker, K., & Job, V. (2019). Autonomous Goal Striving Promotes a Nonlimited Theory About Willpower. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 1–13. doi:10.1177/0146167218820921

April 2019

Well attended inaugural lecture

On Monday, 29th of April 2019, Anna-Katharina Praetorius gave her inaugural lecture on "Es wäre ja so einfach, wenn es einfach wäre" – Herausforderungen bei der Erforschung von Unterricht. During 45 minutes she presented her research interests to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Klaus Jonas, the Prorector, Prof. Dr. Gabriele Siegert, and numerous colleagues and guests. The subsequent aperitif in the Lichthof was a great opportunity for further discussion.

We are now a part of the Center for Reproducible Science!

The Chair for Research on Learning, Instruction and Didactics became a member of the Center for Reproducible Science (CRS) at the University of Zurich. The goal of the CRS is the improvement of the reproducibility of empirical research at the University of Zurich and the promotion of research in replication studies and methodology related to reproducibility.

The project COLD has been started!

The joint project COLD under the leadership of the DIE officially started on the 1st of April. Anna-Katharina Praetorius participates as a responsible cooperation partner.

Further information about the project can be found under Research.

Ayşenur Alp receives scholarship

We are pleased that our doctoral student, Ayşenur Alp, has received the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for her dissertation. We therefore cordially welcome her as a new member of our team.


Another exciting publication by Anna-Katharina Praetorius has been published online:

Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability.

Fischer, J., Praetorius, A.-K. & Klieme, E. (2019). The impact of linguistic similarity on cross-cultural comparabilityof students’ perceptions of teaching quality. Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability. Published online: 15. April 2019. doi:10.1007/s1092-019-09295-7

March 2019

Interesting guest lecture

Dr. Katriina Vasarik Staub gave a thrilling lecture on the 20th of March about Die unterschätzte Bedeutung der Beziehung zwischen Schule und Eltern. Further information can be found under Guest lectures.


A new book chapter by Anna-Katharina Praetorius has been published:

Diagnostik und Förderung von Motivation und Volition


Praetorius, A.-K. & Südkamp, A. (2019). Diagnostische Kompetenz von Lehrpersonen hinsichtlich motivationaler Merkmale von Schülerinnen und Schülern. In H. Gaspard, U. Trautwein & M. Hasselhorn (Hrsg.), Diagnostik und Förderung von Motivation und Volition (= Tests und Trends in der pädagogisch-psychologischen Diagnostik, Bd. 17) (S. 35–49). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

February 2019

Good start of the semester!

We hope, you had a good start of the new semester. We are looking forward to many exciting courses.

Inaugural lecture of Anna-Katharina Praetorius

We are delighted to announce, that Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Praetorius is going to hold her inaugural lecture with the title "Es wäre ja so einfach, wenn es einfach wäre" – Herausforderungen bei der Erforschung von Unterricht on Monday, 29th April 2019, at 5:00 pm. The presentation is going to take place in the assembly hall of the University of Zurich at the Rämistrasse 71. Afterwards there will be an aperitif in the Lichthof.

If you are interested, you are very welcome to contact Christina Hartmann ( until 31th March 2019 to enrol yourself for the lecture.

GEBF 2019

At this year's GEBF conference in Cologne our student assistant Leonie Gossner presented her poster Merkmale von Unterrichtsqualität: Reden wir alle vom Gleichen?. Anna-Katharina Praetorius made multiple contributions to the conference, among other things about teaching quality in subject lessons and teaching ability. Our Senior Research Assistant Vanda Sieber, who is currently absent due to maternity leave, was represented by Anna-Katharina Praetorius at her presentation Eine Untersuchung zum Verlauf von Aufmerksamkeit im Unterricht. Further information can be found in the conference programme.

January 2019

Happy new year!

Our team wishes you a wonderful and successful year 2019!


An interesting article of Anna-Katharina Praetorius was published:

European Journal of Psychology of Education

Holzberger, D., Praetorius, A.-K., Seidel, T., & Kunter, M. (2019). Identifying effective teachers: The relation between teaching profiles and students’ development in achievement and enjoyment. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 1–23. doi:10.1007/s10212-018-00410-8

Our team is growing!

We are excited to welcome Désirée Thommen as a Research Associate in our team. Désirée is going to be part of our research and teaching. Furthermore, she is going to attain a doctorate at our chair.

In addition, we delightedly welcome Ann-Catherine Amiet and Cynthia Schaeffer as semester assistants at our chair. Both of them will assist us in the courses „Entwicklung und Lernen“ (BKM7) as well as „Standardisierte Verfahren der Datenerhebung“ (BKM2B) in the upcoming semester.