Ulrich Trautwein

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Ulrich Trautwein
Born (1972-05-31) 31 May 1972 (age 49)
Occupation psychologist and education researcher
Employer University of Tübingen

Ulrich Trautwein (born 31 May 1972) is a German psychologist and education researcher. He has been a Full Professor of Education Science at the University of Tübingen, Germany, since October 2008. [1] In addition, he has been director of LEAD Graduate School & Research Network at Tübingen University since 2012. [2] Since 2014, he has also headed the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology in Tübingen. [3]



Trautwein grew up in Reutlingen in the state of Baden-Württemberg. After completing his high school education he studied Psychology at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. After obtaining his diploma in Göttingen 1999, he worked until 2008 in various positions as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. In 2002 he completed his doctorate, 2005 his habilitation in Psychology at the Free University of Berlin. In 2007 he became a research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Shortly after being appointed an Honorary Professor at the Free University of Berlin in 2008, he joined the University of Tübingen as a Full Professor of Education Science. Trautwein is director of LEAD Graduate School & Research Network at Tübingen University, founded in 2012. [4] LEAD features a research and training program for doctoral students and postdocs on learning, education achievement, and life course development. The School hosts more than 130 researchers and is funded by the German Universities Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. [5] In 2014, Trautwein became the founding director of the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology. [6] Since 2011 Trautwein has served as an expert advisor to the German federal government and the Kultusministerkonferenz in terms of education issues. [1]


Trautwein has published a large number of articles on a number of topics, including the development of conscientiousness, expectancy-value beliefs, and academic effort, the effectiveness of homework assignments and completion, and the results of several randomized controlled field trials in school settings. According to an analysis published by Jones et al. (2010) in Contemporary Education Psychology, Trautwein was the third most productive researcher worldwide in the field of education psychology during 2003–2008. [7] In 2016, Greenbaum et al. named him among the most productive researchers in education psychology as number 4 worldwide. [8] Trautwein is principal investigator of two multicohort, longitudinal school achievement studies (TOSCA, [9] TRAIN [10] ).



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