Project title:Professional paths (WIB).

The longitudinal study "professional paths" investigates the professional development of teacher graduates in the German federal state Baden-Württemberg who passed their 1st state examination for the teaching profession at elementary, junior high or secondary schools between 1995 and 1997. The research project focuses on the question of how they manage their career entry and progression. It also examines how their motivational-affective personal characteristics are related to variables relevant to success in the teaching profession.

More than 20 years have passed since the first measuring point in 1999. A total of twelve surveys have already been conducted during this time. At one point of measurement, the pupils of the teachers involved were also surveyed. Most recently, the focus was on everyday professional life and the experience of stress during and after the Corona pandemic.

Project management:Prof. Dr. Frank Lipowsky, lipowsky[at]uni-kassel[dot]de
Contact person(s):

Victoria Bleck, victoria.bleck[at]uni-kassel[dot]de;

Luisa Nägel , luisa.naegel[at]uni-kassel[dot]de

Project duration:since 1999
Funding Institution:Own funds

Nägel, L., Bleck, V. & Lipowsky, F. (2023). "Research findings and daily teaching practice are worlds apart" – Predictors and consequences of scepticism toward the relevance of scientific content for teaching practice. Teaching and Teacher Education, 102, 103911. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2022.103911


Bleck, V. & Lipowsky, F. (2022). Teachers’ emotional exhaustion before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: Neither emotional exertion nor vacation feeling. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 887494. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.88749


Bleck, V., Weber, T. & Lipowsky, F. (2019). Gut begonnen, halb gewonnen? Die Bedeutung der Berufseinstiegsphase von Lehrpersonen für die Entwicklung beruflicher Belastung [Is a good start half the battle? The importance of teachers’ career entry phase for the development of occupational stress]. In N. Safi, C. Bauer & M. Kocher (Eds.), Lehrberuf: Vorbereitung, Berufseinstieg, Perspektiven. Beiträge aus der Professionsforschung (pp. 101-112). hep. http://www.wege-im-beruf.de/blecketal(2019).pdf.

Bleck, V. (2019). Lehrerenthusiasmus: Entwicklung, Determinanten, Wirkungen [Teacher enthusiasm: Development, determinants, effects]. Springer. doi. org/10.1007/978-3-658-23102-6

Künsting, J.,Neuber, V. & Lipowsky, F. (2016). Teacher self-efficacy as a long-term predictor of instructional quality in the classroom. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 31(3), 299-322. doi.org/10.1007/s10212-015-0272-7

Lipowsky, F. (2003). Wege von der Hochschule in den Beruf – Eine empirische Studie zum beruflichen Erfolg von Lehramtsabsolventen in der Berufseinstiegsphase [Ways from the College into the Job. An Empirical Study on Occupational Success of Teaching Profession Degree Holders during Teacher Career Entry]. Bad Heilbrunn: Klinkhardt.