Ulrich Trautwein

Professor Trautwein is Professor of Educational Science at the University of Tübingen. He is the director of two multi-cohort longitudinal studies on school achievement, development of personality, and transition to the labour market or tertiary education: the project on Transformation of the Secondary School System and Academic Careers (TOSCA) and the study on Tradition and Innovation in the structure and organization of schooling (TRAIN). He is also the director of the LEAD Graduate School, which is financed by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments. His main research interests include educational transitions, the effects of different learning environments on self-concept, interest and personality development, and the role of self-related cognitions in students’ homework behaviour.

Summary of recent work
Prof. Trautwein organized a meeting at Irvine on Motivation, together with Prof. Jacque Eccles and Dr. Anna-Lena Dicke in January. He also organized the third meeting of the Baden-Württemberg network on the transition from school to work and was an invited speaker at the yearly conference of “Landräte” (the district administrators) of the state of Baden-Württemberg.
Prof. Trautwien also was involved in a press conference, together with the school minister of the state of Baden-Württemberg, in which results from our study on the competences of high school graduates were presented.

Mentoring Activities with Pathways
This year Prof. Trautwein mentored Richard Göllner and Jenna Cambria. Richard will continue his research at Tubingen and Jenna has recently taken up a position as Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Arkansas. He has just taken on a new Pathways Fellow, Hanna Gaspard, who he will mentor next year.