Prof. Dr. Carmela Aprea

Prof. Dr. Carmela Aprea

Chair of Economic and Business Education – Instructional Systems Design and Evaluation


Main fields of research

  • Financial and Economic Literacy Education for the 21st Century
  • Connectivity of Vocational Learning and Teaching in the Era of Digital Transformation
  • Resilience in Learning and Professional Contexts
  • Curriculum and Lesson Development in Business and Economics Education
  • Design Thinking in Business and Economics Education

Curriculum vitae

1997 Diplom-Handelslehrerin (M.Sc. in Economic and Business Education), Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main
2007 Dr. rer. pol. (PhD), University of Mannheim
2010–2015 Professor and Head of Research Area at the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET). Lugano, CH
2014 Guest Professorship at the University of Innsbruck, A
2015–2018 Professor of Economic and Business Education, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena
Since 2018 Professor of Economic and Business Education, University of Mannheim

Selected memberships

  • OECD PISA Financial Literacy Expert Group
  • OECD International Network on Financial Education (INFE) Research Committee
  • European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI)
  • International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft (DGfE)

Prizes, awards, honors

  • Best Paper Award, Congress on Research in Vocational Education and Training Research, Zollikofen/Bern (2013)
  • Award for qualified scientific work (doctorate) of the Barbara-Hopf-Foundation at the University of Mannheim (Mai 2008)
  • Swiss Society for Research in Education (SSRE) Prize for Young Researchers (2006)

Selected editorial activities

  • Editor of the „International Handbook of Financial Literacy” (Springer, 2016)
  • Guest Editor „Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training (ERVET)“
  • Guest Editor „Zeitschrift für Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik (ZBW)“

Selected publications