Prof. Dr. Manuel Förster


Economic Education

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Förster's (*1979) research interests include vocational, economic and financial education of vocational school and university students. He is, inter alia, interested in the different facets and manifestations of such economic and financial competences and whether they depend on heterogeneity factors like migration background, the socio-economic status of the family, and gender. Furthermore, he engages in teaching and learning with digital media at (vocational) schools and universities.

Professor Förster first completed an occupational business administration degree course in commerce at the University of Cooperative Education in Stuttgart while doing on-the-job training at the Lidl company from 2000-2003. Then, he studied vocational, business and economics education with a major in mathematics and statistics at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, where he received his doctorate and was appointed junior professor in 2013. From 2017 to 2019, he substituted the Chair of Vocational, Business and Economics Education at the Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg.


  • Runner Up best paper award of the National Association of Economic Educators (2017)
  • Price of the Käthe und Ulrich Pleiß-Stiftung für excellent doctoral dissertations in the field of Vocational, Business and Economics Education (2014)
  • Price of the Alfred Teves-Stiftung of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz für excellent doctoral dissertations (2014)
  • Spokesman of the young researcher of the Gutenberg-Academy for excellent doctoral students (2009-2010)

Förster M, Happ R, Maur A: “The Relationship among Gender, Interest in Financial Topics and Understanding of Personal Finance”. Empirische Pädagogik. 2018; 32 (3/4): 292-308.


Förster M, Weiser C, Maur A: “How Feedback Provided by Electronic Quizzes Affects Learning Outcomes of University Students in Large Classes”. Computers & Education. 2018; 121: 100-114.


Förster M, Happ R, Molerov D: “Using the U.S. Test of Financial Literacy in Germany – Adaptation and Validation. Journal of Economic Education. 2017; 48 (2): 123-135.


Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia O, Förster M, Preusse D, Mater O: “The Relationship Between Teachers’ Evidence-based Actions and Communication, Cooperation, and Participation Structures at Schools”. Journal for Educational Research Online (JERO). 2016; 8(3): 59-79.


Förster M, Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia O, Brückner S, Happ R, Hambleton RK, Walstad WB, Asano T, Yamaoka M: “Validating Test Score Interpretations by Cross-National Comparison: Comparing the Results of Students from Japan and Germany on an American Test of Economic Knowledge in Higher Education”. Zeitschrift für Psychologie. 2015; 223 (1): 14–23.