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Professor Anne Frenzel

For contact details etc., please visit my personal website.

My research interests concern the emotional and motivational phenomena within students and teachers and how they shape classroom functioning.

Ongoing and completed research endeavors of mine include:

  • Project "Projekt FEEL - Forschung zum Emotionalen Erleben im Lehr-Lern-Kontext" (funded by the German Research Foundation). This is collaborative project together with Prof. Corinna Reck & Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pekrun, with an overall volume of 350,000€. 
  • Development of self-report scales on students’ and teachers’ emotional experiences in the classroom. I coauthored the Achievement Emotions Questionnaire for Students (AEQ, First Author: Reinhard Pekrun) and am first author of the Teacher Emotions Scales.
  • Exploration into student math interest: Interest is one of the key driving forces for learning and achievement, but unfortunately academic interests seem to decline during adolescence. Intrigued by this powerful yet fuzzy construct, one of my research foci is the development of students’ mathematics interest.
  • Engagement in the project RaBe („Raumluftqualität in Schulen und das Befinden von Kindern – Steigerung von Leistungsfähigkeit und Konzentration durch bauliche Veränderungen“) funded by the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety. RaBe explored the impact of indoor air quality as indicated by the median carbon dioxide (CO2) level in the classroom on elementary students‘ concentration performance as well as on emotions and well-being of students in a cross-over cluster-randomized experimental design.
  • Engagement in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Assessment Rounds 2003 and 2006. PISA is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.
  • Engagement in the national longitudinal study PALMA funded by the German Research Foundation (Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pekrun). PALMA explored the development of 10 to 15 year-old students’ mathematical skills and social-emotional characteristics and their interplay as well as distal and proximal determinants of those variables.