LEAD Graduate School & Research Network

Jannika John, M.Sc.

In my research I aim to examine the complex and dynamic nature of excellence development in sports, music, and mathematics from a biographical, life story perspective.

Retrospective, longitudinal studies on talent development usually examine certain variables at specific time points and not the whole biography. In my research project, I assume that these longitudinal studies depict only one part of the picture. With these methodological designs, one cannot capture the factors that high-achieving individuals themselves retrospectively consider as relevant for their own development.  As a result, one highly fruitful source for talent/giftedness research, namely the high-achievers’ own construal of relevant parameters for their success, is basically neglected.

I am particularly interested in investigating the impact of significant life events on the developmental pathways of high-achieving individuals.

Being a member of the LEAD Graduate School enriches my research through offering a unique interdisciplinary and international research environment. In the same way, I am confident that I can make a valuable contribution to LEAD’s innovative research due to my interdisciplinary academic background.

Intersection 5: Education, Life Course Development and Social Disparities

Supervisors: Prof. Ansgar Thiel, Prof. Remco Polman,
                       Prof. Stephan Zipfel

Curriculum Vitae

Since 10/2018
Associated member of the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network

Since 12/2017
Editorial’s Assistant of the European Journal for Sport and Society

Since 07/2017
Academic staff at the Institute of Sport Science, University of Tübingen

01/2016-05/2017
Master of Science ‘Family and Consumer Sciences’ with an emphasis on Nutrition, Lamar University, United States

08/2014-05/2016
Master of Science ‘Kinesiology’, Lamar University, United States

10/2011-07/2014
Bachelor of Science ‘Scientific Principles of Sport’, TU München