Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Science - Centre for Comparative and International Education

Dr. Kathleen Falkenberg

Lecturer, Post-doc


Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 7, Room 226.1

Telephone: +49-30-2093-66913 

E-Mail: kathleen.falkenberg(at)


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Main research interests

  • International comparative school research, with a special focus on teachers and research on professions/professionalisation

  • Performance assessment and school selection mechanisms

  • Marketisation in education

  • (Post)socialist childhoods

  • Qualitative research methods


  • since 09/2017: researcher (PostDoc) at the Department of Comparative and International Education at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • 09/2017: completion of doctoral studies at Humboldt-University Berlin. Thesis-title: "Fair assessment? Swedish and German teachers´ justice beliefs regarding assessment."

  • 11/2015 - 03/2019: editorial assistance "Zeitschrift für Pädagogik", managing editor: Prof. Dr. Marcelo Caruso

  • 11/2015-09/2016: researcher at the Department of Comparative and International Education at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • 2013–2015: researcher in the research project "Different worlds of meritocracy? Educational assessment and conceptions of justice in Germany, Sweden and England in the age of ‚ ‘standards-based reform’", funded by the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) Emmy Noether-Programme

  • 2010–2013: certificate in "Qualitative Education and Social Research" at Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

  • 2010–2013: researcher in the Department of Education at Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU); working in the above mentioned research project
  • 06–09/2010: research assistant at the project "Evaluation of Bavarian Montessori schools" under the direction of Prof. Dr. Achim Leschinsky, Prof. Dr. Sabine Gruehn and Prof. Dr. Thomas Koinzer (HU Berlin/WWU Münster)
  • 2006–2010: student assistant at the Department of Education at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (chair for school theory, Prof. Achim Leschinsky)
  • 2001–2010: studied Education, Sociology and Political Science at Humboldt University, Berlin, Universidad de Granada and Complutense University of Madrid, graduating with a  Magistra Artium (M. A.) degree



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