Dr. Sarah Spengler


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Uptown München-Campus D, Georg-Brauchle-Ring 60/62, Room R213 (2nd floor)

Office hours: by arrangement (E-Mail)


Email: sarah.spengler@tum.de



Since 10/2014

Postdoc at Technical University of Munich


Doctorate at University of Konstanz

04/2014 – 03/2015

Research Assistant at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

06/2010 – 09/2014       

Research Assistant, PhD Student at University of Konstanz

04/2005 – 05/2010

B.Sc. and M.Sc. Sport Science at University of Konstanz



  • Experiential Education (B.Sc. Sports Science)


Module Responsibility

  • Outdoor education (B.Sc. Sports Science)
  • Understanding and utilising experience-based teaching and learning for the competency acquisition of students
  • Justification and design of education for sustainable development in physical education


Research activities

  • „Klima bewegt!“ Enhancing climate awareness in and with physical activity programs
  • Role and potential of physical activity for „education for sustainable development”
  • Physical activity, motor performance and health in children and adolescents
  • Motivation in Physical Education and the relationship with personality traits of students and teachers
  • Physical activity of primary school children in full-day school


Publications (selection)

Schnitzius, M., Kirch, A., Spengler, S., Blaschke, S., & Mess, F. (2021). What makes a physical education teacher? Personal characteristics for physical education development. British Journal of Educational Psychology. doi: 10.1111/bjep.12415

Kirch, A., Schnitzius, M., Spengler, S., Blaschke, S., & Mess, F. (2021) Knowing Students' Characteristics: Opportunities to Adapt Physical Education Teaching. Frontiers in Psychology. 12:619944. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.619944

Spengler, S., Kuritz, A., Rabel, M., & Mess, F. (2019). Are primary school children attending full-day school still engaged in sports clubs? PLoS ONE, 14(11), e0225220. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0225220

Schnitzius, M., Kirch, A., Mess, F., & Spengler, S. (2019). Inside Out: A Scoping Review on the Physical Education Teacher’s Personality. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(2510). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02510

Kirch, A., Schnitzius, M., Mess, F., & Spengler, S. (2019). Who Are Our Students? Understanding Students' Personality for Refined and Targeted Physical Education. A Scoping Review. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 1(31). doi:10.3389/fspor.2019.00031


Niermann, C. Y. N., Spengler, S. & Gubbels, J. S. (2018). Physical Activity, Screen Time, and Dietary Intake in Families: A Cluster-Analysis With Mother-Father-Child Triads. Frontiers in Public Health, 6, 276.

Schwender, T. M., Spengler, S., Oedl, C. & Mess, F. (2018). Effects of dance interventions on aspects of the participants’ self: a systematic review. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1130.

Spengler, S., Rabel, M., Kuritz, A. & Mess, F. (2017). Trends in motor performance of first graders: A comparison of cohorts from 2006 to 2015. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 5, 206.

Spengler, S., Mess, F. & Woll, A. (2017). Der Vergleich von gesundheitsrelevanten Verhaltensmustern von Jungen und Mädchen in Deutschland: Ergebnisse der MoMo Studie. Das Gesundheitswesen 2017.79(12): 993-999 doi: 10.1055/s-0041-110675

Spengler, S., Mess, F. & Woll, A. (2016). Sportunterricht und außerunterrichtlicher Schulsport in Deutschland heute – Eine Analyse ausgewählter Strukturdaten. Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation, 36(4), 341-356.

Spengler, S., Mess, F. & Woll, A. (2015). Do media use and physical activity compete in adolescents? Results of the MoMo Study. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0142544. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142544

Spengler, S., Mess, F., Schmocker, E. & Woll, A. (2014). Longitudinal associations of health-related behavior patterns in adolescence with change of weight status and self-rated health over a period of 6 years: results of the MoMo longitudinal Study. BMC Pediatrics, 14, 242.

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