Short CV/Education and training

  • 1969 – 1975
    Lecturer at the University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 1975 – 1981
    Professor of preschool education at the Pedagogical University of Berlin, Germany

  • 1981 – 1992
    Professor of pedagogy at Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 1992 – 2008
    Professor (in retirement) of primary-school pedagogy at Humboldt University of Berlin

Selected publications

  • Downing, J., Valtin, R. (Eds.): Language awareness and learning to read, New York: Springer 1984.

  • Pfister, G., Valtin, R. eds.): MädchenStärken – Probleme der Koedukation in der Grundschule, Frankfurt: Arbeitskreis Grundschule 1993, 2nd (unchanged) edition 1996.

  • Valtin, R., Flitner, E., Walper, S.: Mit den Augen der Kinder: Freundschaft, Geheimnisse, Streiten, Lügen und Strafen, Reinbek: Rowohlt 1991.

  • Valtin, R., Fatke, R.: Freundschaft und Liebe. Persönliche Beziehungen im Ost/West- und im Geschlechtervergleich, Donauwörth: Auer 1997.

  • Valtin, R. (ed.): Rechtschreiben lernen in den Klassen 1 – 6. Grundlagen und didaktische Hilfen. Frankfurt: Grundschulverband 2000.

  • Naegele, I., Valtin, R. (eds.): LRS – Legasthenie – in den Klassen 1 – 10. Handbuch der Lese-Rechtschreib-Schwierigkeiten. Volume 1: Grundlagen und Grundsätze der Lese-Rechtschreib-Förderung, Weinheim: Beltz, 6th fully revised edition 2003.

  • Naegele, I., Valtin, R. (eds.): LRS – Legasthenie in den Klassen 1 – 10. Handbuch der Lese-Rechtschreib-Schwierigkeiten. Volume 2: Schulische Förderung und außerschulischeTherapien. Weinheim: Beltz, 2nd revised edition, 2001.

  • Valtin, R. et al.: Was ist ein gutes Zeugnis? Noten und verbale Beurteilungen auf dem Prüfstand. Weinheim: Juventa 2002.

  • Sasse, A., Valtin, R. (eds.): Schriftspracherwerb und soziale Ungleichheit. Zwischen kompensatorischer Erziehung und Family Literacy. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Lesen und Schreiben, Beiträge 4, Berlin 2006.

  • Hofmann, B., Valtin, R. (eds.): Förderdiagnostik beim Schriftspracherwerb. Berlin: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Lesen und Schreiben, 2007.

  • Valtin, R., Hofmann, B. (Hg.): Kompetenzmodelle der Orthographie. Empirische Befunde und förderdiagnostische Möglichkeiten. Berlin: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Lesen und Schreiben, 2009.

  • König, J., Wagner, C. & Valtin, R. Jugend-Schule-Zukunft. Psychosoziale Bedingungen der Persönlichkeitsentwicklung. Ergebnisse der Längsschnittstudie AIDA. Münster: Waxmann, 2011.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Development of the concept of secrets in Australia, China and Germany, sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Concepts of friendship, East vs. West (sponsored by the DFG)

  • NOVARA – School marks or verbal evaluation. Acceptance, realisation, effects (sponsored by the DFG)

  • SABA – Adaptation in school and educational aspirations (sponsored by the DFG)

  • AIDA – Adaptation in adolescence (sponsored by the DFG)

  • ELINET – European Literacy Policy Network, financed by EU

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Management Board and Team Leader of ELINET (European Literacy Policy Network)

  • Chair of European Reading Associations (IDEC- International Development of Europe Committee der International Reading Association) 2014 – 2016

  • Vice-chair of FELA (Federation of European Literacy Associations) 2014-2016

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Stiftung Lesen, since 2013

  • "High Level Group of Experts on Literacy", established by the European Commission, 2011-2013

  • Editorial Review Board for Reading Research Quarterly (RRQ), 2011/2012

  • Scientific advisory board of the JAKO-O-parent-survey, 2011/2012

  • Scientific advisory board of the journal „Deutsch Differenziert“, since 2009

  • Advisory board of „Lesepaten“ Berlin (Reading mentors), since 2008

  • Luxembourg Consortium PIRLS 2001 and LESELUX, 2007 – 2010

  • Scientific advisory board for “Aktion humane Schule” (Campaign for Humane Schools), since 2005

  • Review board of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2004 – 2008

  • Vice-/President of the German Society for Reading and Writing, 2003 – 2013

  • German Consortium of PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study), 2001, 2006, 2011

  • PIRLS 2005 Reading Expert Group, 2000 – 2008

  • Member, chairperson of the International Reading Association's PIRLS/PISA Task Force, 2000 – 2013

  • German Youth Institute, 2000 – 2014

  • Editor of Beiträge zur Reform der Grundschule (Contributions to Primary School Reform) series, 1988 – 1999

  • Member of the directory board of the German Primary School Association, 1982 – 1996

Additional qualifications

  • Teacher certification for German primary and vocational secondary school


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