Chair of Economic and Business Education

Competency Development and Training Quality

Prof. Dr. Viola Deutscher

Diagnosing and promoting professional skills in a meaningful way is achieved in high-quality and digitally supported learning and examination settings in vocational schools, at the workplace, or in universities.

With this in mind, the working group of the chair conducts research in various interrelated research areas:

  • Training quality in vocational education

     ... in training companies

     ... in vocational schools

  • Training dropouts in the context of the dual system
  • Career choice and vocational identity development
  • Digital learning in vocational education (learning and testing environments)
  • Competence development and assessment
  • University teaching and teacher education

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One chapter ends, and a new one begins: Professor Deutscher moves to the University of Göttingen in March 2024
Viola Deutscher will join the Chair of Digital Learning and Teaching at the University of Göttingen on March 1, 2024.
New publication of the chairs Deutscher, Rausch and Seifried
The paper addresses the need to integrate innovation in vocational education into the examination system and presents a process and stakeholder-oriented examination model using the LUCA Office Simulation.
New measurement instrument, “Learning Quality Inventory for In-Company Training in VET” (VET-LQI) now available in the ZIS Open Access Repository for Measurement Instruments.
The measurement instrument for work characteristics and training quality comprises 22 short scales with 76 items that provide broad access to the construct of training quality. It was developed by Viola Deutscher, Svenja Böhm and Maximilian Krötz.
Virtual event part of the AERA Annual Meeting 2023
On April 4 and 5, the final and virtual part of the annual meeting of AERA took place. From the Chair of Competence Development and Educational Quality, Maximilian Krötz and Viola Deutscher participated.
2023 AERA Annual Meeting in Chicago
From April 13 to 16, the place-based component of the annual AERA conference took place in Chicago, Illinois. The team from the Chair of Competence Development and Educational Quality (Viola Deutscher, Ascha Ahmed, and Herbert Thomann) participated with their own contributions to the diverse program ...


Susanne Bechtold

Susanne Bechtold

Assistant to the Chair
University of Mannheim
Chair of Economic and Business Education – Competency Development and Training Quality
L 4, 1 – Room 201
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Mon–Fri 09am – 12pm