External PhD student
Technical University of Munich
TUM School of Education
Friedl Schöller Endowed Chair
for Educational Psychology
Adriana Zaragoza is doing a PhD in teacher education with the supervision and support of Prof. Dr. Tina Seidel from the Friedl Schöller Endowed Chair of Educational Psychology. In her dissertation, she examines pre-service teachers’ ability to connect professional knowledge with their lesson plans and proposes ways to support the development of this ability in early teacher education. Dr. James Hiebert (University of Delaware) and Dr. Rossella Santagata (University of California, Irvine) are supporting Adriana Zaragoza in her dissertation publications as co-authors.
Adriana Zaragoza studied Physical Activity and Sports Sciences at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and completed her studies awarded as the best graduate of her cohort. She spent part of her studies at the TUM Department of Sport and Health Sciences thanks to the ERASMUS grant program. Her master’s thesis dealt with teaching and learning methods in educational artistic swimming. During her studies, she was engaged as athlete, instructor and coordinator in an artistic swimming club.
After her teaching experience as foreign language assistant of the French Ministry of Education, she prepared for a PhD in educational psychology by completing the Master's Program Research on Teaching and Learning at the TUM School of Education. In her master's thesis, she conducted a comparative study on the effects of a sports-oriented primary school and a conventional primary school on students’ social competence. This work was supervised by Prof. Yolanda Demetriou from the Associate Professorship of Educational Science in Sport and Health. During her studies, she gained research experience as student research assistant in the Observe and TUMconnect projects at the Friedl Schöller Endowed Chair for Educational Psychology (Prof. Tina Seidel), and in the FiFoLi project at the Associate Professorship of Educational Science in Sport and Health (Prof. Yolanda Demetriou).
After graduating, Adriana Zaragoza worked as a research assistant in the project "Integrated Study Programme M.Ed. Vocational Education and Teacher Training" of the Teach@TUM research group at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) School of Education (Germany). She conducted a multi-cohort three-year longitudinal study comparing students’ professional development, student characteristics and learning-relevant study program conditions in the innovative “Integrated Study Programme M.Ed. Vocational Education and Teacher Training” and in the conventional master's program. She was involved in all investigation phases, ranging from instrument piloting to results reporting, by way of data analysis and data collections management. In addition, Adriana Zaragoza was engaged as teacher educator for vocational teacher training at the TUM School of Education and as instructor at the University Sports Center Munich (ZHS).
In her dissertation, Adriana Zaragoza examines pre-service teachers’ ability to connect professional knowledge about principles of teaching and learning with their own lesson plans and how this is related to their ability to connect professional knowledge with classroom observations (professional vision). She developed an innovative lesson planning template that fosters the application of theoretical knowledge to the teaching practice. In the context of a research-practice partnership, she worked with school mentors, teacher educators and education researchers in the implementation of this method in the "Integrated Study Programme M.Ed. Vocational Education and Teacher Training". Currently, this method is applied in teacher training programs for secondary schools at the TUM School of Education.