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Franziska Pfitzner-Eden, Ph.D.

School Pedagogy and School Improvement Research

Former Researcher (associated)



2013 - 2016

Research Associate in the project: "SUPPORT Mentorenqualifikation"

2011 - 2014

Research Associate in the project: “MigraMentor

2009 - 2010

Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst (Housing New Zealand/Wellington)

2007 - 2009

Research and Evaluation Analyst (Housing New Zealand/Wellington)


Diplom (equivalent to Masters) Degree in Psychology (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität)


  • Research assistant (Victoria University Wellington)
  • Internship (Ethos Consulting Group/Wellington)
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours Degree in Psychology (Victoria University Wellington)


  • Research assistant in neuropsychological research projects (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität)
  • Internship at the neuropsychological ward (University Hospital Hannover)

2000 - 2007

tertiary studies in Psychology (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität and Victoria University Wellington)

In-depth study areas

  • Research Methodologies and Evaluation

  • Industrial and Organisational Psychology

  • Clinical Neuropsychology


Contract work

  • since 2011 academic translations (German into English as well as English into German) and editing of academic publications in English

  • since 2011 freelance research and evaluation



  • Evaluation of social policy programmes and projects

  • Empirical social science research (quantitative and qualitative methods)

  • Self-efficacy research


Research projects


Pfitzner-Eden, F., Thiel, F., & Horsley, J. (2014). An Adapted Measure of Teacher Self-Efficacy for Preservice Teachers: Exploring its Validity Across two Countries. Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie, 28(3), 83–92. doi:10.1024/1010-0652/a000125

Pfitzner-Eden, F. (2016). I feel less confident so I quit? Do true changes in teacher self-efficacy predict changes in preservice teachers’ intention to quit their teaching degree? Teaching and Teacher Education, 55, 240-254. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2016.01.018