Daria K. Benden

Daria K. Benden


University of Bonn


I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Bonn Center for Teacher Education (BZL) in the research group of Prof. Dr. Fani Lauermann. My research interests include students’ educational and occupational choices in STEM and the development of students’ achievement motivation in STEM. I am also interested in how we can support students at the beginning of their postsecondary education, for example, with digital self-testing and self-reflection tools, as well as what types of digital competencies students and instructors need in their everday work and how we can assess these competencies.

  • Student motivation and achievement
  • Educational and occupational choices
  • Digital competencies and online self-assessment tools in higher education contexts
  • Teachers’ professional competencies (e.g., teacher motivation, responsibility)
  • Ph.D. in Psychology (summa cum laude), 2022

    TU Dortmund University, Germany

  • M.Ed. in Mathematics and Physics Teacher Education, 2016

    University of Bonn, Germany

  • B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics Teacher Education, 2014

    University of Bonn, Germany

Professional Positions and Affiliations

Postdoctoral Fellow
April 2024 – Present
Research Scholar
April 2023 – Present Bonn, Germany
Research Scholar
April 2019 – March 2023 Dortmund, Germany
Research Scholar
May 2017 – March 2019 Bonn, Germany

Selected Publications

(2023). Students’ use of (online) self-assessments in math: Interindividual differences in students’ test engagement and test performance in math-intensive study programs. In N. McElvany, A. Grecu, R. Lorenz, M. Becker, C. Dignath, H. Gaspard, & F. Lauermann: Jahrbuch der Schulentwicklung – Band 23: 50 Jahre Schulentwicklung – Leitthemen der empirischen Bildungsforschung (S. 97-127), Beltz Juventa.

PDF Cite

(2023). Relative importance of students’ expectancy–value beliefs as predictors of academic success in gateway math courses. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1521(1).


(2022). Exploring the dynamics of situated expectancy-value theory: A panel network analysis. Learning and Individual Differences, 100.


Recent & Upcoming Talks

State-Trait Analyses of STEM Students’ Math-Related Motivations In Low-Stakes Achievement Settings
Paper presentation at EARLI 2023
Students' Expectancy-Value (Mis)Alignment and Implications for Academic Success in STEM
Paper presentation at APA 2023


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