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Institute of Education

Valerie Gitzi

Valerie Gitzi, MSc

  • Projektmitarbeiterin / Project Assistant
+41 44 634 27 19
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Montag, Mittwoch, Freitagnachmittag / Monday and Wednesday (all day), Friday afternoon

Research interests

  • Teaching quality
  • Training coders/raters
  • Assessing research methods

Employment History

Since April 2023

Assistant Psychotherapist, Behavioural Addictions Outpatient Department (VSA),  Addiction Treatment Center (ZAE),  University Psychiatric Clinics Basel (UPK)

Since September 2022

SNF funded PhD student at the Institute of Education, University of Zurich

January-June 2022

Practical training: Psychotherapist with a focus on ADHD, University Psychiatric Clinics (UPK) Basel


Since January 2023 Enrolled on course to qualify as a federally recognized psychotherapist with a focus on cognitive and behavioral therapy, Postgraduate Studies in Psychotherapy (PSP) Basel
July 2022 MSc Psychology, University of Zurich
October 2021 Online course in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy
January 2021 BSc Psychology with a minor in Education, University of Zurich


Research project

SNF project RATINGS: The impact of observer training on the quality of classroom assessments

Because successful student learning and development is largely dependent on the quality of the teaching, there has been a great deal of research into understanding which factors might contribute to high quality teaching and how this can be assessed in teacher education and training. This research has often relied on observations by trained observers, making it vitally important that the observation data are valid and reliable. Unfortunately, there is evidence that the data obtained by observation studies are neither, even when trained observers are used. Whether the validity and reliability of observations could be improved by having a targeted selection of observers (e.g., based on their expertise or personality traits) or optimizing observer training (e.g., by means of the length or content orientation) has not yet been systematically investigated. The RATINGS study aims to remedy this situation. A total of 360 students and teachers will be assessed in four experimental and qualitative supplementary studies at four locations (Zurich, St. Gallen, Kiel, Hamburg). The results should provide more detailed information about how teaching quality can best be assessed by observers.


Conference contributions (* peer-reviewed)

Gitzi, V.*, Kleickmann, T. Lichtner, O., Steffensky, M., Heinze, A. & Praetorius A.-K. (2024). Welche Rolle spielt die Dauer von Trainings für Beobachter:innen zur Einschätzung von Unterrichtsqualität für die Qualität der Ratings? Vortrag auf der Tagung der Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungsforschung (GEBF), 20. März 2024, Potsdam, Deutschland.

Gitzi, V.*, Wemmer-Rogh, W., Kleickmann, T., Lichtner, O., Steffensky, M., Heinze, A. & Praetorius, A.-K. (2023). Effektivität von Trainings für Rater/innen zur Beurteilung von Unterrichtsqualität. Ein Literaturüberblick. Vortrag auf dem Kongress der Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungsforschung (GEBF), 01. März 2023, Duisburg-Essen, Deutschland.