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Prof. Dr. Doris Lewalter-Manhart

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research activities of Professor Lewalter (*1965) involve analyzing the conditions, processes and outcomes of learning and teaching in formal and informal settings, such as schools and universities, museums, science centers, student labs and media from a motivational perspective. She is also interested in the potential for the integration of these various learning environments into secondary schools (Gymnasium) to enhance learning and increase student motivation. Her research extends, as well, to educational research and evaluation in informal learning settings.

After completing her undergraduate studies and doctorate (1996) in pedagogy with minors in psychology and art history at the LMU Munich, Professor Lewalter earned her post-doctoral teaching qualification (Habilitation, 2003) at the University of the Federal Armed Forces. Afterward, she held a professorship for educational science at the RWTH Aachen (2004 - 2006) and served there as head of the teacher training center and managing director of the Institute for Educational Science (2005-2006). In 2006, she was appointed to the TUM School of Education, where she also served as Dean of Studies from 2012-2018.


  • Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts (StMWK) (2015)
  • "Excellence in Teaching" certificate, TUM (2015)

Key Publications

Phelan S, Bauer J, Lewalter D: "Visitor motivation: Development of a short scale for comparison across sites". Museum Management and Curatorship. 2018; 33(1): 25-41.


Lewalter D, Phelan S, Geyer C, Schnotz W, Grüninger R, Specht I: "Investigating profiles of visitors for dealing with conflicting information in the museum". International Journal of Science Education: Part B. 2015; 357-374.


Knogler M, Harackiewicz JM, Gegenfurtner A, Lewalter D: "How situational is situational insterest? Investigating the longitudinal structure of situational interest". Contemporary Educational Psychology. 2015; 43: 39-50.


Schwan S, Grajal A, Lewalter D: "Understanding and engagement in places of science experience: Science museums, science centers, zoos and aquariums". Special Issue: Psychological Dimensions of PUS and PES - Psychological Approaches for research on PUS. Educational Psychologist. 2014; 49(2): 70-85.


Lewalter D: “Cognitive strategies for learning from static and dynamic visuals.” Learning and Instruction. 2003; 13: 177-189.