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Prof. Dr. Claus H. Carstensen

Head of Psychology and methods of educational research

Wilhelmsplatz 3, Room 125
96047 Bamberg
Tel.: +49-951-863-3447
Fax: +49-951-863-3547


Office hours:  

Thursday, 11:00-12:00 (please register via e-mail)

Professional career

Professor of Psychology and methods of educational research at the University of Bamberg (since 10/2008)
Junior professor of pedagogical-psychological methodology and educational research at the externer Link folgt IPN, University of Kiel (2002)
Research Officer at the Australian Council for Educational Research externer Link folgt ACER (10/2000 to 9/2001)
Research assistant at the externer Link folgt IPN Kiel (1996 and 2001)


Successful evaluation as a junior professor at the University of Kiel (2006)
Ph.D. in Psychology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Kiel (2000)
Diploma in Psychology at the University of Kiel (1996)

Research interests

  • Methods of educational research
    • Item response theory
    • Methods of large scale assessments
    • Modeling of longitudinal data
  • Diagnostics of competency development in the life course
    International comparative educational research

Research projects

Cooperative longitudinal Assessment of the german PIAAC-sample (PIAAC-L). Co-applicant, BMBF, 2014-2017  

National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), Leibniz-Institute for Educational Pathways (LIfBi), Bamberg,
Unit head of:

  • Methods of competency assessment and large scale assessment studies
  • Competencies in the life course (together with Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt)

"Modeling missing data in competence tests" in the DFG-priority programm "Education as a Lifelong Process" (Applicants: Steffi Pohl & Claus Carstensen, granted for 2012-2015).

"ExMo- Vermittlungs- und Beurteilungskompetenzen zum Experimentieren: Modellierung, Validierung und Messinstrumententwicklung" (Applicants: Prof. Dr. Marcus Hammann, Münster, Prof. Dr. Susanne Bögeholz, Göttingen and Prof. Dr. Claus H. Carstensen, Bamberg). Granted by the BMBF for 2012-2015.

Completed projects

Development of the natural scientific view of the world - Survey on the development of scientific competencies in early childhood education ( externer Link folgt SnaKE) (DFG (German Research Foundation), co-applicant)

in the context of PISA (2000, 2003, 2006 & 2009):

  • Trends of PISA 2000 to PISA 2009 in Germany
  • Trend report on the surveys of PISA 2000 to PISA 2006
  • Development and tests of instruments for measuring educational standards
  • Development of tools for measuring "Scientific Literacy" for OECD PISA 2006
  • Conductor of the data analysis for PISA 2003 in Germany including scaling of the repeated measurement PISA-I-Plus, of the international comparison PISA-E and of additional tools in PISA-I
  • Development of additional testing tools and questionnaires for PISA 2003
  • Scaling of the international comparison PISA-E in Germany
  • Scaling and data analysis for OECD PISA 2000 (as an assistant at the international project center, ACER)  

Design and coordination of a competencies assessment in the BLK project "Increasing the efficiency of mathematics and sciences education" (SINUS)

DFG project "Multidimensional response model" (as an assistant)