Prof. Dr. Kristina Reiss


Mathematics Education
Professor emeritus since April 1, 2021

Academic Career and Research Areas

The Chair of Prof. Reiss (b. 1952) researches various aspects of competence in mathematics education. Descriptive research and intervention studies put the focus on both the structure of teaching and learning and child and adolescent development. The group also explores the interface between mathematics and mathematics teaching for the training of future teachers. Moreover, Professor Reiss coordinates the PISA study in Germany.

Prof. Reiss studied mathematics and physics at the University of Heidelberg and completed her first and second state examinations (Staatsexamen) there. She also obtained her doctorate at Heidelberg in 1980 with a thesis on pure mathematics. She has worked at various institutes of higher education, including Stuttgart, Oldenburg and Augsburg. Her first professorial position in Munich was at Ludwig Maximilian University. Since 2009, she has held the Heinz Nixdorf Chair of Mathematics Education at TUM. Professor Reiss serves as Dean of the TUM Department of Mathematics as well as on the board of trustees of the Deutsches Museum and is a member of the acatech National Academy of Science and Engineering.


  • Bundesverdienstkreuz (2008)

Obersteiner A, Reiss K, Ufer S, Luwel K, Verschaffel L: "Do first-graders make efficient use of external number representations? The case of the twenty-frame". Cognition and Instruction. 2014; 32: 353-373.

Kollar I, Ufer S, Reichersdorfer E, Vogel F, Fischer F, Reiss K: "Effects of collaboration scripts and heuristic worked examples on the acquisition of mathematical argumentation skills of teacher students with different levels of prior achievement". Learning and Instruction. 2014; 24: 22-36.

Reiss K, Lindmeier A, Barchfeld P, Sodian B: "Developing problem solving skills in elementary school: The case of data analysis, statistics, and probability". In: Proficiency and Beliefs in Learning and Teaching Mathematics. Editors: Li Y, Moschkovich JN. Rotterdam: Sense, 2013: 33-49.

Köller O, Reiss K, Stanat P, Pant HA: "Diagnostik Standard-basierter mathematischer Kompetenzen im Primarbereich: Ein Überblick". Psychologie in Erziehung und Unterricht. 2012; 59: 177-190.

Heinze A, Reiss K: “Developing argumentation and proof competencies in the mathematics classroom”. In: Teaching and learning proof across the grades: A K – 16 Perspective. Editors: Stylianou DA, Blanton ML, Knuth EJ. New York: Routledge, 2009: 191–203.