Verena Held

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin · Unter den Linden 6 · 10099 Berlin

Dr. phil. Verena Held (née Kasztantowicz) is a research associate at the Department of Education / Literature and Language Learning at the Humboldt University Berlin. She is currently working with teachers in inclusive school settings as part of a research project from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research ("Professionalisierung für kooperative Planung und Bewertung in der Inklusion").


Humboldt University of Berlin

Dissertation on literary reasoning and wordplay

Summa Cum Laude


Humboldt University of Berlin

Master of Education

Humboldt University of Berlin

Bachelor of Arts
Languages (German, French, Latin), Math and Art Education


  • Alternative Education (Unschooling and the "Freilerner" Community in Germany, Gradeless Schools, ...)
  • Educational Technology
  • Cognitive Systems in Education
  • Children's Literature and Illustration
  • Literary Reasoning
  • (Creative) Writing


Graduate level research seminar

Language Play and Metalinguistic Awareness

Undergraduate seminars

Writing and Text Production
Teaching Metalinguistic Awareness
Learning to Read, Learning to Write
Pedagogy of Work: Célestin Freinet's Educational Paradigm


Deliberative Democracy and Inclusive Pedagogy at Deutsche Schülerakademie

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Verena Held (Kasztantowicz)
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Institut für Erziehungswissenschaften
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

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