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Dr. Edith Braun

Edith Braun

Kassel - International Centre for Higher Education Research

cooperation partner in the area of higher education research

Leader of the junior research group "competence-based examination of communication skills, cooperational partner in the research project "Competence-based educational evaluation"

INCHER (International Centre for Higher Education Research) Mönchebergstr. 17
34109 Kassel
edith.braun "at" incher.uni-kassel.de

Educational Career

2011 Beginning of the habilitation process at the Department of Educational Science and Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
2006 Graduation of Doctor of philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin (judging „magna cum laude“), first reviewer: Prof. Dr. Bettina Hannover

Development of a competence-based teaching evaluation questionnaire "The Berlin evaluation instrument for student self-assessed competencies" (BEvaKomp)

2003 Diploma degree in Psychology (Diplom at Freie Universität Berlin, judging: „very good“; intermediate diploma at Philipps-Universität Marburg)
2002 Diploma thesis: Construct validation of an instrument for course evaluation (first reviewer: Prof. Dr. Dieter Kleiber; advisor: Dr. Burkhard Gusy)
1996 -1997 Stay abroad in Boston, USA: Au pair
1996 Abitur in Neumarkt (Oberpfalz, Bayern)


Academic Career

since 01/ 2011 Scientific leader of the HIS-Institute for Higher Education, Hannover
since 04/ 2010 Deputy chairwoman of the society for research on higher education
9/2006 – 12/ 2010 Research associate at the Department of Research on Schools and Teaching from Prof. Dr. Bettina Hannover, Freie Universität Berlin

• Project management of the teaching evaluation project since April 2003
• Continuation of the graduational project (competence-based evaluation) at university level
• Communication und collaboration with university policy and self-government bodies

4/2006 - 8/2006 Post doc under supervision of Prof. John Brennan, Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI), The Open University, United Kingdom

• collaboraion on a sociological project: The Flexible Pro-fessional in the Knowledge Society New Demands on Higher Education in Europe (REFLEX): participation of 11 European countries

5/2003 - 3/2006 Research associate at the Department of Research on Schools and Teaching from Prof. Dr. Bettina Hannover, Freie Universität Berlin

• conceptual design and implementation of a compentence-based teacher evaluation

4/2001 - 4/2003 Student research assistent at the Department of Prevention and Psychosocial Research on Health from Prof. Dr. Dieter Kleiber, Freie Universität Berlin

• Evaluation of the degree program in psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
• Survey of students, graduates and teachers

 9/2000 - 12/2003

Cooperation with Dr. Angela Thiele, mathematics teacher and headmistress, Berlin:

•conceptional work on open learning environment

•teacher training




Award of the doctoral thesis with the Ulrich Teichler-Prize of the Society for Research on Higher Education; jury chaired by Prof. Dr. Peer Pasternak


Award of the diploma thesis with the Marie-Schlei-Prize of the Faculty of Education and Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin, for the best scientific work of women


Administrative skills in higher education

Ad hoc reviews

• articles on higher education research

• Diagnostica

• Educational Research Review

• Learning and Individual Differences

• Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft (Journal of Educational Science)

• Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie (Journal of Pedagogical Psychology)


Supervision of thesis

Katrin Beyer (Dipl. Erwiss.), Oliver Fellmann (Dipl. Psych.), Bernhard Leidner (Dipl. Psych.), Jeanette Platzek (B.A. Erwiss), Gabriela Soare (Dipl. Psych.), Katrin Voß (Lehramt Deutsch), Anna Spexard (Dipl. VWL), André Nowakoski (MA Erwiss), Laura Frommelt (Bachelor Psychologie), Jan Keller (Bachelor Psychologie)



Dissertations: Dr. Michel Knigge, Dr. Lysann Zander, Dr. Doris Klappenbach, Dr. Rebecca Bondü

Habilitations: Prof. Dr. Kai Schnabel Kortina, Prof. Dr. Oliver Lüdtke



  • Writing of an expert's report „Problems and possibilities of the aquisition of students' skills and of the skill development at the university with the help of self-assessment tools“ as part of the project „Preparation and beginning of implementation of the National Education Panel Study (NEPS)“ on behalf of the HIS.
  • Expert for the research project funded by BMBF „Teaching effectiveness and intervention. Teachers' attitudes on teaching, academic success and effectiveness of interventions in favor of good teaching.“ (applicants: Prof. Dr. Sigrid Metz-Göckel, Marion Kamphans, Prof. Dr. Elke Heise, Prof. Dr. Susanne Ihsen, Prof. Dr. Christa Cremer-Renz, Dr. Bettina Jansen-Schulz)
  • Cooperation with the IPU (International Psychoanalytic Universtiy, Berlin). Implementation of course evaluation at this university.
  • External consultant for the development of a quality assurance system at Universität Stuttgart, working with the office for quality development at the Universität Stuttgart and the accreditation agency Evalag.
  • Collaboration with Electric Paper GmbH: BEvaKomp is offered by this software company to other universities.
  • Establishing contacts with the Dutch project ACQA (Criteria for Academic Bachelor's and Master's Curricula), Prof. Dr. Dr. Meijers and Tijn Borghuis


Memberships in scientific associations

  • Member of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI)
    • Special Interest Group: Higher Education
  • Member of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs) (German Psychological Society)
    • Section in pedagogical psychology
  • Member of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung (German Society for Higher Education Research)
  • Associate of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI, Open University, UK)


Performed courses


Courses at universities

Winter semester 2010/11: 2 hours per week - lecture - teaching motivation and counsellng (German)
  2 hours per week - advanced seminar -  teaching motivation and counseling (German)
Summer semester 2007 2 hours per week - seminar - acting  pedagogically at school (German)
Winter semester 2005/06 2 hours per week - advanced seminar - evaluation of pedagogical institutions (German)
Summer semester 2005 2 hours per week - advanced seminar - evaluation of pedagogical measures (German)
Winter semester 2004/05 2 hours per week - proseminar - how development can influence learning (German)
Summer semester 2004 2 hours per week - prosemiar - learning and development (German)
Winter semester 2003/04 2 hours per week - proseminar - teaching with new media (German)
Summer semester 2003 2 hours per week - seminar - teaching with new media (German)


  • Society for Higher Education Research: explorative Factor analysis (with Veronika Khlavna), Hamburg, 14/05/2008
  • Society for Subject-Related Didactics: classical test theory, item selection and psychometric properties (with Birgit Neuhaus), Essen, 16/09/2007
  • Society for Subject-Related Didactics: questionnaire - development and analysis (with Birgit Neuhaus), Bielefeld, 28/02/2005


Performed Trainings about Didactics in Higher Education

  • October 2010: constructive alignment: trainings about didactics in higher education for participants of the project UsuS, Universität Hamburg, October 2010.
  • Network for didactics in higher education, Mittelhessen: competence-based evaluation as feedback for teaching. Workshop for lecturers at the universities of Marburg, Giessen and Giessen-Friedberg, 9th and 10th of June in 2010.
  • 5th Bavarian conference for deans of students: competence-oriented evaluation. Workshop on 8th of December in 2009 in Ingolstadt at the DiZ.
  • Working group for the scientific training of Hessian universities of applied sciences: competence-based evaluation as a feedback for teaching. Workshop for lecturers on 1st & 2nd of October in 2009.
  • EvaSys Webinar: Online seminar for clients of Electric Paper GmbH: quality assurance using BEvaKomp. 18/04/2008.


Training of Teachers (2000 - 2003 at ProLearning)

  • new assignment-based philosophy
  • learning environment at mathe-plus.de
  • quality assurance of teaching and learning processes

Publications of the last 5 years

Edited works

Braun, E.; Donk, A. und Bülow-Schramm, M. (Hrsg.) (2013). AHELO goes Germany? HIS: Forum Hochschule.

*Braun, E. und Hannover, B. (Hrsg.) (2012). Qualität in der Hochschullehre. Themenheft, Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft.


Peer reviewed journal articles

Braun, E., Spexard, A. & Nowakowski, A., Hannover, B. (submitted). Diversity Management in Higher Education.

Braun, E., Pollerhof, K. Athanassiou, G. & Schwabe, U. (eingereicht). Konzeption einer kompetenzorientierten Prüfung kommunikativer Fähigkeiten.

Müller, L. & Braun, E. (im Druck). Student Engagement und eine Überprüfung in der deutschen Studierenden- und Absolventenforschung. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft.

Brachem, J.-C., & Braun, E. M. P. (2016). Job-related requirements and competences of educational science graduates. Journal of Further and Higher Education (online first). doi: 10.1080/0309877X.2016.1224326

Wolter, I., Braun, E., & Hannover, B. (2015). Reading is for girls!? The negative impact of preschool teachers' traditional gender role > attitudes on boys' reading related motivation and skills. Frontiers in psychology, 6.
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01267

Braun, E. M., & Brachem, J. C. (2015). Requirements Higher Education Graduates Meet on the Labor Market. Peabody Journal of Education, 90(4), 574-595.

*Brachem, J.C. and Braun, E. (in print). Job-related generic competences of educational science graduates. Journal of Further and Higher Education.

* Wolter, I., Braun, E., & Hannover, B. (2015). Reading is for girls!? The negative impact of preschool teachers' traditional gender role attitudes on boys' reading related motivation and skills. Frontiers in psychology, 6.

* Braun, E. M., & Brachem, J. C. (2015). Requirements Higher Education Graduates Meet on the Labor Market. Peabody Journal of Education, 90(4), 574-595.

*Schwippert, K., Braun, E., Prinz, D., Schaeper, H., Fickermann, D., Pfeiffer, J., & Brachem, J.-C. (2014). KomPaed - Tätigkeitsbezogene Kompetenzen in pädagogischen Handlungsfeldern. Die Deutsche Schule, 106(1), 72-84.

*Nowakowski, A., Vervecken, D., Braun, E. & Hannover, B. (2012). Der differentielle Einfluss prozess- versus ergebnisorientierten Lehrevaluations-Feedbacks auf die Lehrorientierungen von Hochschuldozierenden. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, 15, 253-271.

*Quast, H., Spangenberg, H., Hannover, B., Braun, E. (2012): Determinanten der Studierbereitschaft unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von Studiengebühren, Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, 15, 305-326.

*Braun, Edith, Woodley, Alan, Richardson, John T. Richardson (2012). Self-rated competences questionnaires from a design perspective. Educational Research Review, 7, 1–18.


book chapters

Braun, E. (in Vorbereitung). Messung von Lehrleistung auf Länder- und Systemebene im internationalen Vergleich. In Welpe, I.; Stumpf-Wollersheim, J., Ritzenhöfer, L. und Prenzel, M. (Hrsg.). Leistungsbewertung in Universitäten.

Cap, C. und Braun, E. (in press). Do Audience Response Systems Influence Learning Style? 

Braun, E. and Mishra, Sh. (2016). Which tool for what assessment? In Huisman, J. & Tight, M. (Eds.). Theory and Method in Higher Education Research. P. 47-68. Bingley: Emerald Group.

Braun, E. and Brachem, J.C. (2017). Competence- profiles of higher education graduates at the labour market. In Kyndt, E., Donche, V., Trigwell, K. & Lindblom-Ylänne, S. (Eds). Higher Education Transitions.