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We provide you with current research results on education, schooling, and instruction. All work was done by researchers from the Center for Research on Education and School Development (IFS). All topics are presented to you in German and free for download.

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School-to-school networks in practice – How schools can cooperate to improve instruction.


23.07.2018 – School-to-school networks have proven to be efficient and well-working instruments to enhance innovation in school improvement.
This manual offers an overview of the current research on school networks, field reports of ten networks as well as practical guidelines on how to manage the different phases of networking.


Local transition management in practice. How local administration and schools can cooperate to manage transitions between primary school and secondary school.


23.07.2018 – Transitions during the life span are considered highly important. This manual of practice provides local school administrations with insights into basic concepts and concrete advice for organizing the transition from primary school to secondary school.


Girls words - Boys words: Is the vocabulary a gender issue?

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01.05.2017 – Current research findings on qualitative differences in the vocabulary between girls and boys are explained. In addition to this theme you can download practice material to help you figure out which words in your class are more likley to be used by girls or boys.


Tick or tick? Different reading comprehension tasks in comparison

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01.02.2017 – There are indications that certain groups of pupils, such as girls and boys or pupils with or without a migration background, can deal with these different tasks differently. To learn more about the difficulty of different response formats and to get practice material for your lessons, follow the links below.


Words learn by the way? Impact of implicit vocabulary promotion for primary schoolchildren


01.12.2016 – How effective is implicit vocabulary promotion for primary schoolchildren? In addition to a thematic introduction and current research findings, this article also provides practical tools for assessing the vocabulary skills of the pupils.


Boys just want to read adventures?! Differences in interest of reading among girls and boys


01.10.2016 – Learning to read with texts that are equally interesting for boys and girls - Which texts do fulfill this criterion?
Here you'll get more information about gender differences. You can also download the short questionnaire "interest in texts" (available in German only).


Reading competences and reading motivation in primary school age children

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01.08.2016 – This short article provides information on reading competence, motivation and their interplay in school age children. You can download a questionnaire (in German only), which can be used for assessment of reading frequency and reading motivation of elementary students.


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