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Department of Educational Sciences and Psychology
Project duration: since 01.01.2021

TRP - Teacher Responsibility Research Program

Teachers' sense of personal responsibility has important implications for what happens in the classroom. In the Teacher Responsibility Research Program, consequences of teachers' responsibility for: (1) their teaching practices, (2) their willingness to make a personal commitment to the learning progress of weaker students in particular, and (3) their well-being (e.g. stress experience).

Project description

Weiß-schwarzer Schriftzug des Projektnamens The Teachers Responsibility Research Program

Teachers' sense of personal responsibility has important implications for what happens in the classroom. For example, it is related to the amount of work, perseverance and commitment teachers give to their students and is a positive predictor of learning goal-oriented instructional principles. Subjective responsibility for their students' learning and for the quality of their teaching is a key source of motivation for teachers.

The project will explore consequences of teacher responsibility for: (1) their teaching practices, (2) their willingness to make a personal commitment to the learning progress of weaker students in particular, and (3) their well-being (e.g. stress experience). In studies already carried out within the framework of the project, active as well as prospective teachers were surveyed with regard to their judgements of responsibility in various teaching situations. Currently, the project is developing ways of experimentally influencing teacher responsibility in order to investigate effects on teachers' affective reactions and pedagogical actions.

Lead researcher at IFS

Project team

  • Dr. Christiane Jöhren

External project partners

  • Prof. Dr. S. Karabenick (University of Michigan, USA)