Fani Lauermann, Ph.D.

Professor of Empirical Educational Research

Center for Research on Education and School Development | Institut für Schulentwicklungsforschung (IFS)

TU Dortmund ● IFS, CDI Campus North ● Vogelpothsweg 78 ● 44227 Dortmund, Germany


Phone: +49 (231) 755-5501

Office hours during the semester: Tuesdays 4-5pm [please register in advance via email]

Professional Affiliations & Functions

  • Full Professor of Empirical Educational Research, IFS, TU Dortmund University, Germany ( Link )
  • Research Affiliate, Achievement Research Lab, University of Michigan, USA ( Link )
  • Associate Editor, Learning and Instruction, 2018-2021 ( Link )
  • Elected Coordinator for EARLI SIG-08 "Motivation and Emotion," 2017-2020, European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) ( Link )
  • National Scientific Committee Member, EARLI 2019 Conference, Aachen, Germany, August 12-16, 2019 ( Link )

Recent & Upcoming Events

  • AERA 2019, Toronto: Symposium "Teachers' Motivations and the Classroom: Relations Across Diverse Educational Contexts," Sat, April 6, 2:15 to 3:45pm, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Mezzanine, Pine East
  • AERA 2019, Toronto: Invited Journal Talks 8 "Learning and Instruction," Mon, April 8, 2:15 to 3:45pm, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 700 Level, Room 718B
  • EARLI 2019, Aachen: Invited Symposium SIG 08 "Symposium "Emotions in Education: State of the Art, Challenges, and New Directions," date & time tba
  • EARLI 2019, Aachen: Paper Session "Short-term changes in students’ motivations in math-intensive courses and links to academic success," date & time tba
  • EARLI 2019, Aachen: Paper Session "Linking inter- and intrapersonal perspectives in attribution theory to explain teachers’ responses to student failure," date & time tba


  • Ph.D., Combined Program in Education and Psychology, University of Michigan, USA, 2008-2013
  • Diplom-Psychologist, University of Bonn, Germany, 2001-2006

Research Interests

  • Academic motivation and achievement
  • Educational trajectories, educational and occupational choices
  • Teacher motivation and teaching quality

Selected Publications

  • Lauermann, F., Meißner, A., & Steinmayr, R. (2020). Relative importance of intelligence and ability self-concept in predicting test performance and school grades in the math and language arts domains. Journal of Educational Psychology. (Online first publication). doi: 10.1037/edu0000377
  • Gaspard, H., Lauermann, F., Rose, N., Eccles, J., & Wigfield, A. (2019). Cross-domain trajectories of students’ ability self-concepts and intrinsic values in math and language arts. Child Development. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13343
  • Lazarides, R., & Lauermann, F. (2019). Gendered paths into STEM-related and language-related careers: Girls’ and boys’ motivational beliefs and career plans in math and language arts. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(1243). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01243
  • Evers, M., & Lauermann, F. (2019). Ein Mentoring-Ansatz für empirische Projekte im Lehramtsstudium. Möglichkeiten zur Unterstützung bei der Durchführung von empirischen Studien in Praxisphasen des Studiums. In M. Degeling, N. Franken, S. Freund, S. Greiten, D. Neuhaus & J. Schellenbach-Zell (Eds.), Herausforderung Kohärenz: Praxisphasen in der universitären Lehrerbildung. Bildungswissenschaftliche und fachdidaktische Perspektiven (pp. 366-381). Bad Heilbrunn: Verlag Julius Klinkhardt.
  • Kumar, R., & Lauermann, F. (2018). Cultural Beliefs and Instructional Intentions: Do Experiences in Teacher Education Institutions Matter? American Educational Research Journal, 55(3), 419-452. doi: 10.3102/0002831217738508
  • Lauermann, F., Tsai, Y.-M., & Eccles, J. S. (2017). Math-related career aspirations and choices within Eccles et al. expectancy-value theory of achievement-related behaviors. Developmental Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/dev0000367
  • Praetorius, A.-K., Lauermann, F., Klassen, R.M., Dickhäuser, O., Janke, S., & Dresel, M. (2017). Analyzing the longitudinal relations between aspects of teacher motivation and teaching quality. Teaching and Teacher Education, 65, 241-254. DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2017.03.023
  • Lauermann, F. (2017). Teacher motivation, responsibility, pedagogical knowledge and professionalism: A new era for research. In Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development [OECD] (Eds.) Teachers’ pedagogical knowledge and the teaching profession. OECD: Paris.
  • Lauermann, F., Eccles, J.S., & Pekrun, R. (2017). Why do children worry about their academic achievement? An expectancy-value perspective on elementary students’ worries about their mathematics and reading performance. ZDM Mathematics Education, 1-16. DOI : 10.1007/s11858-017-0832-1 ZDMI-D-16-00029.3
  • Matteucci, C.M., Guglielmi, D., Lauermann, F. (2017). Teachers’ sense of responsibility for educational outcomes and its associations with teachers’ instructional approaches and professional wellbeing. Social Psychology of Education. DOI :10.1007/s11218-017-9369-y
  • Lauermann, F., Karabenick, S.A., Carpenter R., & Kuusinen, C. (2017). Teacher motivation and professional commitment in the U.S.: The role of motivations for teaching, teacher self-efficacy and sense of professional responsibility. In H.M.G. Watt, P.W. Richardson, & K. Smith (Eds.), Why Teach? Antecedents and Consequences across Cultural Settings. Cambridge University Press.
  • Lauermann, F. & König, J. (2016). Teachers’ professional competencies and wellbeing: Understanding the links between general pedagogical knowledge, self‐efficacy and burnout. Learning and Instruction, 45, 9‐19. doi:10.1016/j.learninstruc.2016.06.006
  • Lauermann, F., Chow, A., & Eccles, J.S. (2015). Differential effects of adolescents’ expectancy and value beliefs about math and English on math/science-related and human services-related career plans. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 7(2), 205-228. URL: (invited paper for a special issue)
  • Lauermann, F. (2015). Teacher motivation and its implications for the instructional process: Technical report and recommendations for an international large-scale assessment of teachers’ knowledge and professional competencies. Technical paper prepared for the OECD Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning (ITEL) – Phase II Project: A Survey to Profile the Pedagogical Knowledge in the Teaching Profession (ITEL Teacher Knowledge Survey). OECD: Paris.
  • Matthews, J. S., Banerjee, M. & Lauermann, F. (2014). Academic identity formation and motivation among ethnic minority youth: The role of the “self” between internal and external perceptions of identity. Child Development, 85(6), 2355–2373. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12318
  • Lauermann, F. & Karabenick, S.A. (2014). Teacher responsibility: What does it mean for teachers’ motivation and emotions? In P.W. Richardson, S.A. Karabenick, & H.M.G. Watt (Eds.), Teacher Motivation: Theory and Practice. NY: Routledge.
  • Lauermann, F. (2014). Teacher responsibility from the teacher’s perspective. International Journal of Educational Research, 65, 75–89. doi: 10.1016/j.ijer.2013.09.005
  • Lauermann, F., & Karabenick, S. A. (2013). The meaning and measure of teachers’ sense of responsibility for educational outcomes. Teaching and Teacher Education, 30(1), 13-26. doi:
  • Lauermann, F. (2012). To go or not to go: The decision to pursue post-secondary education abroad. In S. A. Karabenick & T. Urdan (Eds.), Transitions Across Schools and Cultures. Advances in Motivation and Achievement (Vol. 17, pp. 177-204). U.S.: Emerald Group Publishing.
  • Lauermann, F. & Karabenick, S.A. (2011). Taking responsibility into account(ability): Explicating its multiple components and theoretical status. Educational Psychologist, 46(2), 122-140.
  • Zhang, L., Karabenick, S.A., Maruno, S. & Lauermann, F. (2011). Academic delay of gratification and children’s study time allocation as a function of proximity to consequential academic goals. Learning and Instruction, 21(1), 77-94.