COACTIV-expeRt – Development and Impact of Teachers’ Professional Competence – A Longitudinal Study over 10 Years

Building on the COACTIV-R study on the development of teachers' professional competence during career entry, the COACTIV-expeRt study examines factors of longer-term professionalisation and indicators of professional success of the teachers, who now have an average of 10 years of professional experience.

Project Description

How do teachers develop into experts in teaching? How well do studies and preparatory service prepare them for the profession? We are investigating these central questions of teacher (education) research in the COACTIV-expeRt project funded by the German Research Foundation. Our aim is to investigate the long-term development of teachers' professional competence and to identify resources for positive development as well as risk factors for unfavourable development. In addition, we analyse how sustainable the professional competence acquired during studies and preparatory service predicts later success in the teaching profession. The data basis is the COACTIV teacher traineeship study, in which more than 800 teacher candidates were surveyed from 2007 to 2009 during their pre-service training on central aspects of professional competence, on characteristics of their personality and on the learning opportunities in the pre-service training. In several sub-studies, we are again examining the aspects of professional competence and various indicators of professional success among these participants, who now have an average of 10 years of professional experience.

Project Objectives

This study aims to investigate the long-term professionalisation of teachers and the development of their professional competence. In addition, the study examines indicators of professional success and attempts to identify resources for positive professional development as well as risk factors for rather unfavourable development of teachers.


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The project is being carried out in cooperation with...

Nikloaus Bönke (University of Freiburg) and Janina Dittmer (Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, IPN) are also in the project team.

Project Management

Prof. Dr. Mareike Kunter

Project Team

Verena Jörg

Project Details

Current project
Area of Focus Differential Educational Conditions and Educational Trajectories
Department: Teacher and Teaching Quality
Unit: Teaching and Learning in School Contexts
09/2021 – 05/2024
External funding
Contact: Prof. Dr. Mareike Kunter, Director