LEAD Graduate School & Research Network

Iris Backfisch, M.A.

Research Interest

In my research I am focusing on teachers’ cognitive and motivational competences for effective tablet-use in class. In cooperation with the department of Mathematics of the University of Tübingen, subject-domain specificities in terms of content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge will be addressed. Furthermore, teachers’ beliefs of how, for example, teaching should be designed and which role technology should play in education are taken into account.

LEAD’s interdisciplinary structure provides me with the opportunity to enhance the interdisciplinary approach of my research and build up my own scientific interdisciplinary and international network for conducting high-quality research. With the support of that network, I will be able to generate evidence-based information on how pre- and in-service teachers’ training should be designed to enable teachers to effectively use tablets in their classes. This allows me to deal with two of LEAD’s key questions, namely how the potential of digital media can be fully exploited and how teaching quality can be improved in school.

Intersection 1: Learning Processes and Outcomes

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Andreas Lachner, Prof. Dr. Katharina Scheiter


Curriculum Vitae

since 04/2017

Associated PhD Candidate at the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network

since 11/2016 PhD Candidate and Research Associate, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen
10/2014 - 10/2016

Master of Arts in Education Science – Teaching and Learning, University of Freiburg

09/2015 - 10/2016

Research Assistant, Department of Empirical Research in School and Education, University of Freiburg

06/2013 - 08/2015

Junior Consultant and Researcher at Change, Leadership and Partners (CLP), London & Freiburg

10/2012 - 08/2014

Tutor for Statistics, Institute for Educational Science, University of Freiburg

10/2011 - 08/2014

Bachelor of Arts in Education Planning and Instructional Design