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On these pages the research group »Research on Teachers and Teacher Education« informs about current and finished research projects.



Teachers’ Continuing Professional Development Using Feedback (BeProf-Feedback)

Teaching is a challenging activity that is characterized by many uncertainties. Competences initially acquired in teacher education at university and in practical training are not sufficient for a successful, lifelong teaching career. Thus, lifelong continuing professional development (CPD) is seen as a core aspect of teachers’ professionalization. In addition to institutionalized in-service training, informal learning opportunities represent an important part of CPD. Usually, informal learning opportunities must be initiated and controlled by the teachers themselves. These include obtaining teaching-related feedback from students and colleagues, which is considered to be extremely effective for teachers’ learning. However, findings indicate that few teachers in Germany obtain teaching-related feedback. This project uses the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) to examine which teacher beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes have effects on the intention to use teaching-related feedback from colleagues and students. Furthermore, it will investigate to what extent these factors are influenced by characteristics of the (in-service) teacher education as well as by school related variables. Thus, we examine whether TPB is an appropriate model to explain teachers’ teaching-related feedback use and the possibilities for promoting the use of it, using a representative sample of teachers from Germany regarding their intention to use these tools. We additionally plan to examine not only the intention but also the actual use of feedback in a pre-post design, also extending to other types of self-initiated learning opportunities.


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Dr. Colin Cramer is professor of research on teachers and teacher education with special emphasis on subject-matter teaching and learning. He is member of the ›Institute of Education‹ as well as of the ›Tuebingen School of Education‹. His research focusses on systematic and empirical research in the field of education. Special emphasis is placed on the teaching profession, teacher education, and educational leadership.


The aim of the research is to make systematic and basic theoretical as well as empirical contributions to questions of education. Research on teachers and teacher education as a focal point has the aim to understand who teachers and school leaders are, under which circumstances they work and how they can be prepared for their tasks appropriately in initial teacher education as well as in further professional development.

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Prof. Dr. Colin Cramer
University of Tuebingen
Institute of Education
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72070 Tuebingen

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