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April 2024

Congratulations on your dissertation, dear Ayşenur Alp Christ!

February 2024


We are delighted to welcome Céline Souchon as a student assistant to our team. Welcome aboard!

January 2024

Happy new year!

Our team wishes everyone all the best in the year 2024.

September 2023

Have a good start into the new semester!
Our team wishes you a successful start of the semester and many insightful, exciting and enriching moments for the coming time.

March 2023

Congratulations on your dissertation, dear Désirée Thommen!



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We would like to thank the second and third examiners, Prof. Dr. Fani Lauermann and Prof. Dr. Dominik Petko, for the good cooperation.



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January 2023

We wish everyone a very happy New Year!

October 2022


We are happy to welcom Nadine Leuzinger to our team. She will support the team as a student assistant.

Progress regarding FormATool

Hurray, another milestone has been reached! The FormATool project team has developed the first prototype for implementation of formative assessments for cognitive activation in teaching-learning processes. Interested teachers and lecturers who can imagine using the tool on a trial basis in teaching-learning contexts are welcome to contact Wida Wemmer-Rogh at the following e-mail address: .

September 2021

A good start to the autumn semester!

Our team wishes you a good start into the new semester. We look forward to many interesting and educational hours together.

September 2022


After four years of great collaboration, Désirée Thommen is leaving our team seeking fo new challenges. We wish her all the best for her professional and private future!

We are happy to welcome Valerie Gitzi as a doctoral student in our team.

In addition, we delightedly welcome Denise Küttel in our team. She will support the team as a student assistant.

We wish both a good start!

August 2021


After her one-year absence, we welcome Roya Hüppi back to the team as a student assistant.

July 2021


Our teaching and research assistant Désirée Thommen has published her first dissertation article:

Learning and Instruction

Thommen, D., Sieber, V., Grob, U. & Praetorius, A.-K. (2021). Teachers’ motivational profiles and their longitudinal associations with teaching quality. Learning and Instruction, 101514, doi:10.1016/j.learninstruc.2021.101514

March 2021

Cheerful Team(s)-Greetings!


From top left to bottom right: Regula Wysling, Cornelia Bänziger, Fabienne Wehrli, Wida Wemmer-Rogh, Leonie Gossner, Anna-Katharina Praetorius, Ayşenur Alp-Christ, Ayse Yenal Vance, Rita Stebler-Hafner, Désirée Thommen, Vanda Sieber

June 2021

Vanda Sieber on maternity leave

Vanda Sieber has been on maternity leave since June 2021. We congratulate her warmly on the birth of her second child and look forward to her return to the chair!

February 2021

We wish you a good start into the spring term!

Our team wishes you a good start to the new semester and many fascinating and educational hours. Stay healthy.

January 2021

Happy New Year!

We hope you started happy and healthy into the new year and wish you the best for 2021. 

Wida Wemmer-Rogh is back!

Our team is delighted to welcome back Wida Wemmer-Rogh from maternity leave.

October 2020

Blog "Das Spannungsfeld zwischen Autonomie und Instruktion im Unterricht"

As part of the eponymous master seminar, Dr. phil. Vanda Sieber and her students created the informative and inspiring blog "Das Spannungsfeld zwischen Autonomie und Instruktion im Unterricht", which discusses in weekly posts critical aspects revolving around the topic of autonomy and instruction in school.

Follow the interesting discussions, get involved and contribute to the professional exchange!

ZDM Mathematics Education

Free Access to special issues related to COVID-19

Due to the significant disruption associated with the COVID-19 pandemic many researchers have difficulty in accessing academic journals, which is usually tied to institutional availability and not easily accessible from home offices. Springer is therefore providing one month open access (3rd to 31st October 2020) to specific special issues of ZDM Mathematics Education.

Free Access to Special Issues

Editors Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Praetorius and Charalambos Y. Charalambous have published a special issue on instructional quality. Researchers from different fields have developed different frameworks and associated observational instruments to capture instructional quality. As this work is fast accumulating, the need to explore synergies and complementarities among existing work on instruction and its quality becomes imperative. Thus, this special issue presents the work of 11 groups using 12 different frameworks. In their papers, overviews of the conceptualizations and reliability and validity issues of the frameworks are given and results of the analysis are presented. The final paper synthesizes this work and suggests future steps in continuing working more synergistically.

Juli 2020

Wida Wemmer-Rogh on maternity leave

Wida Wemmer-Rogh is on maternity leave. We wish her all the best and are looking forward to welcoming her back into the team.

April 2020


In April of this year, our senior assistant Vanda Sieber conducted an interesting study on the COVID-19 related transition to online teaching. The study deals with different questions concerning the motivation and well-being of students and lecturers. A report gives information about first results. The report was recently mentioned in an article of the NZZ am Sonntag on the unusual start of the semester at the University of Zurich. Within the project, various master theses will be realized and several publications are planned.

May 2020


A collaborative journal article by Anna-Katharina Praetorius and Wida Rogh has been published:


Praetorius, A.-K., Rogh, W., & Kleickmann, T. (2020). Blinde Flecken des Modells der drei Basisdimensionen von Unterrichtsqualität? Das Modell im Spiegel einer internationalen Synthese von Merkmalen der Unterrichtsqualität. Unterrichtswissenschaft. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s42010-020-00072-w

In addition, Wida Rogh's interesting chapter of an edited book was published:

Encyclopedia of creativity

Barbot, B.*, & Rogh, W. (2020). Developmental Trends in Creative Abilities and Potentials. In M. Runco & S. Pritzker (Eds.), Encyclopedia of creativity (3rd ed., pp. 323–326). Amsterdam: Academic Press/Elsevier.

April 2020


Seven exciting articles by Anna-Katharina Praetorius have been published in the 66th supplement of the Zeitschrift für Pädagogik:

Zeitschrift für Pädagogik

Decristan, J., Hess, M., Holzberger, D. & Praetorius, A.-K. (2020). Oberflächen- und Tiefenmerkmale. Eine Reflexion zweier prominenter Begriffe der Unterrichtsforschung. Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, 66, Beiheft 1/20, 102–116.

Zeitschrift für Pädagogik

Fauth, B., Göllner, R., Lenske, G., Praetorius, A.-K. & Wagner, W. (2020). Who sees what? Conceptual considerations on the measurement of teaching quality from different perspectives. Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, 66, Beiheft 1/20, 138–155.

Zeitschrift für Pädagogik

Göllner, R., Fauth, B., Lenske, G., Praetorius, A.-K. & Wagner, W. (2020). Do student ratings of classroom management really tell us most about teachers or also about classroom composition? Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, 66, Beiheft 1/20, 156–172.

Zeitschrift für Pädagogik

Kleickmann, T., Steffensky, M. & Praetorius, A.-K. (2020). Quality of Teaching in Science Education. More Than Three Basic Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, 66, Beiheft 1/20, 37–53.

Zeitschrift für Pädagogik

Praetorius, A.-K., Grünkorn, J. & Klieme, E. (2020). Empirische Forschung zu Unterrichtsqualität. Theoretische Grundfragen und quantitative Modellierungen. Einleitung in das Beiheft. Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, 66, Beiheft 1/20, 9–14.

Zeitschrift für Pädagogik

Praetorius, A.-K., Klieme, E., Kleickmann, T., Brunner, E., Lindmeier, A., Taut, S. & Charalambous, C. (2020). Towards Developing a Theory of Generic Teaching Quality. Origin, Current Status, and Necessary Next Steps Regarding the Three Basic Dimensions Model. Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, 66, Beiheft 1/20, 15–36.

Zeitschrift für Pädagogik

Vieluf, S., Praetorius, A.-K., Rakoczy, K., Kleinknecht, M. & Pietsch, M. (2020). Angebots-Nutzungs-Modelle der Wirkweise des Unterrichts: Ein kritischer Vergleich verschiedener Modellvarianten. Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, 66, Beiheft 1/20, 63–80.

March 2020

Anna-Katharina Praetorius is back!

Our team is happy to welcome Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Praetorius back to the chair after her maternity leave.

February 2020

Good start into the new semester!

Our team wishes you a good start into the new semester and many interesting and informative hours.

Mutations in the team

We are happy to welcome Michelle Huber to our team. She will support the whole team as well as accompany the seminar "Lernen" in FS2020 as a semester assistant.

Besides her job as a student assistant, Roya Hüppi will accompany the module "Quantitative Methoden: Schwerpunkt Sekundäranalysen" in FS2020 as a semester assistant.


An exciting chapter of an edited book by Vanda Sieber has been published:


Elbe, A.-M. & Sieber, V. (2020). Motivation und Volition. In J. Munzert, M. Raab, & B. Strauß (Eds.), Standards Psychologie. Sportpsychologie: Ein Lehrbuch (1st ed., S. 222–245). Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer Verlag.

January 2020

Happy New Year!

Our team hopes you had a good start into the new year and wishes you all the best in 2020.

Vacancy for internship

Ayşenur Alp Christ is looking for an intern who would like to support her project "The relations between instructional quality and student learning: The mediating role of students' use of learning opportunities". Further information can be found on the Institute's website under Internal Internships.

October 2019

Anna-Katharina Praetorius on maternity leave

Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Praetorius is expected to be on maternity leave until the middle of March 2020. Please contact Dr. Rita Stebler ( for matters concerning teaching and exams. For administrative matters, please contact Christina Hartmann (

An exciting guest lecture in October

On Wednesday, 30th of October 2019, we are pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. Veronika Job from the TU Dresden. At 4:15 pm she will give an exciting guest lecture on Subjektive Theorien über Willenskraft: Effekte, Mechanismen und Antezedenzien. More detailed information can be found under Guest lectures.

September 2019

Have a good start into the Fall Semester!

We hope that you had a good start into the Fall Semester 2019 and are already looking forward to many exciting seminars and courses, just like we are.


Vanda Sieber's new exciting journal article has been published:

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Francis, Z., Sieber, V. & Job, V. (2019). You seem tired, but so am I: Willpower theories and intention to provide support in romantic relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1–20. doi:10.1177/0265407519877238

Rita Stebler's interesting journal article has been published as well:

Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung


Vasarik Staub, K., Galle, M., Stebler, R. & Reusser, K. (2019). Qualitätssicherung bei qualitativ inhaltsanalytischen Verfahren in großen Forschungsgruppen: Herausforderungen und Möglichkeiten in der Forschungspraxis am Beispiel der perLen-Studie. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, 20(3), Art. 33. doi:10.17169/fqs-20.3.3391

July 2019

Writing retreat of the chair in the monastery in Hertenstein

In the second week of July, the chair spent four days at Lake Lucerne in the Bildungshaus Stella Matutina Hertenstein, which is part of the Baldegg Monastery. The aim of the stay there was the undisturbed writing of papers or dissertations. The noise-free, rural atmosphere was used productively and in a team-friendly way.


Another interesting publication of Vanda Sieber has been published online:

Psychological Research

Wolff, W., Sieber, V., Bieleke, M. & Englert, C. (2019). Task Duration and Task Order do not Matter: No Effect on Self-Control Performance. Psychological Research. doi: 10.1007/s00426-019-01230-1

June 2019

Successful Tri-U-Workshop in Berlin

On the 14th of June, the workshop "Triangulation Unterricht" based on the research project with the same name took place at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin. The workshop was organized by the two participating research teams from Berlin (consisting of Malte Brinkmann and Martin Weber-Spanknebel) and Zurich (consisting of Anna-Katharina Praetorius and Wida Rogh). The other invited representatives were Nicole Balzer (Münster), Jörg Dinkelaker (Halle/Saale), Thilo Kleickmann (Kiel), Eckhard Klieme (Frankfurt), Robert Kreitz (Chemnitz), Christine Pauli (Fribourg) and Kurt Reusser (Zurich).

The project "Triangulation Unterricht (Tri-U)" deals with the topic "Teaching Processes in German Mathematics Teaching" with different methodological approaches. These methodological questions are focused with a special emphasis on the topic of "cognitive activation".

The workshop was very productive, much discussion took place and new methodological approaches could be developed on the basis of the video material.

May 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


Rita Stebler's interesting chapter of an edited book has been published:

Grundschulpädagogik zwischen Wissenschaft und Transfer

Galle, M., Stebler, R. & Reusser, K. (2019). Vom Einzelkämpfer zum Teamplayer: Ko-konstruktive Kooperation in Grundschulen mit personalisierten Lernkonzepten. In C. Donie, F. Foerster, M. Obermayr, A. Deckwerth, G. Kammermeyer, G. Lenske, M. Leuchter & A. Wildemann (Hrsg.), Grundschulpädagogik zwischen Wissenschaft und Transfer (S. 194–199). Wiesbaden: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-658-26231-0_24

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 Christ receives scholarship

We are pleased that our doctoral student, Ayşenur Alp Christ, 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.

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