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Ramona Lorenz as conversation guest at Deutschlandfunk


01.12.2018 – The forthcoming DigitalPact will provide investment funds for digitisation in schools. PD Dr. Ramona Lorenz in "Campus & Karriere" on Deutschlandfunk discusses the question of whether schools are ready for digitisation and what significance digital media have in teaching. Photo: iStock


3rd Dortmund Science Conference focuses on the scientific competence field Research on Schools and Education

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26.11.2018 – The manifold activities within the scope of the scientific competence field Research on Schools and Education were presented by IFS’s managing director Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany at the 3rd Dortmund Science Conference. Insight was provided by three short talks on central main topics of the research done on schools and education as well as a poster exhibition on current educational projects. The panel members included representatives from science, i.e. Prof Dr. Heinz Günter Holtappels, and practice, and they discussed the possible implementation of scientific findings into everyday school life. Furthermore, at this year’s Dortmund Science Conference the evaluation results of the Dortmund Master Plan Science were presented by Prof Dr. Dr. h.c. Manfred Prenzel, chairman of the external board of experts. Photo: Roland Gorecki


Nele McElvany invited to expert discussion on literacy and basic education in NRW


22.11.2018 – At the invitation of the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, Mr. Klaus Kaiser, MdL, Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany is taking part in the expert discussion "Literacy and Basic Education in NRW" today. As part of the expert discussion, she will give a lecture on "Literacy and Basic Education - The Role and Potential of the Family". The exchange of ideas takes place in the context of the Decade of Literacy and Basic Education of the Federal Government the Countries and is intended to serve as an initial position determination in NRW from which possible further steps and activities can be derived. Photo: iStock


The third Dortmund Science Conference – The scientific competence field Research on Schools and Education will be presented

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19.11.2018 – The scientific competence field (WKF) Research on Schools and Education, represented by IFS, will present itself at this year’s 3rd Dortmund Science Conference. Following a key-note by Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany central main topics of the scientific competence field will be presented, such as “Reading: Competency and Advancement”, “Disparities in perspectives in personal histories” and “Context conditions of the organization School”. The presentation of the evaluation results of the Dortmund Master Plan Science by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Manfred Prenzel will frame the event. All interested parties are welcome!


Anja-Kristin Jungermann successfully defended her doctoral thesis

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25.10.2018 – Anja-Kristin Jungermann, project manager at the Centre for Integration at Stiftung Mercator and former research fellow in the working group of Professor Bos, successfully defended her doctoral thesis which deals with “Impact-oriented governance of educational landscapes – A theory of change model considering the socio-ecological context”. Congratulations!


1st Consortium Meeting of PIRLS 2021


11.10.2018 – The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2021 (PIRLS/IGLU) uses representative data to examine the reading skills of pupils at the end of the fourth primary school year in Germany. Due to the international focus of the project, school performance in Germany can be compared with that in other countries and regions of the world. To prepare the study, the kick-off meeting of the scientific consortium, consisting of Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany as National Research Coordinator and Prof. Dr. Andreas Frey (Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.), Prof. Dr. Frank Goldhammer (DIPF Frankfurt), Prof. Dr. Anita Schilcher (University of Regensburg) and Prof. Dr. Tobias Stubbe (Georg-August-University Göttingen), took place on 11 October 2018. The IFS is looking forward to the cooperation


Alan Koenig, PhD (CRESST/UCLA) visits IFS


10.10.2018 – Alan Koenig, PhD, Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA in the USA, is visiting again the IFS. The successful cooperation, especially in the area of Serious Educational Games in an academic context and in the project Teach-SEG of AG McElvany, will be continued. We are looking forward to an exciting exchange, welcome!


What is the best way for children to learn spelling?


21.09.2018 – Nele McElvany was asked for a statement on a spelling project by Tobias Kuhl and Una Röhr-Sendlmeier, which highlighted the spelling learning method "primer approach" as effective in comparison to reading by a writing approach. McElvany emphasized, among other things, that in addition to a suitable didactic method there should also be sufficient time available for learning spelling in children's everyday lives. The discussion about the different methods was taken up in various media, such as SpiegelOnline, the FAZ or ZDF. Photo: iStock.


IFS represented at 51st Congress of DGPs


21.09.2018 – This year IFS-members visited the 51st Congress of German Society of Psychology (DGPs) and present actual research within scientific talks or symposia. The overall congress topic is called “Psychology shapes”.


Wilfried Bos awarded with Honorary Membership of Network 9 of EERA


13.09.2018 – At the European Conference on Educational Research 2018, Wilfried Bos was awarded with the Honorary Membership of Network 9 of the European Educational Research Association (EERA) for his longstanding service as Link Convenor of this network. Monica Rosén of the University of Gothenburg held the laudation speech. With this, the honorary membership, which had been confirmed officially in March 2018 by EERA Council, could now be esteemed and celebrated with the network members at the conference in Bolzano. Wilfried Bos has steered Network 9, which focusses on the themes Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement, as Link Convenor from 2008 until 2017.


NEWS // Paul Fabian – Doctoral thesis successfully defended


11.09.2018 – Paul Fabian, research fellow in the working group of Prof. Bos and project manager of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) – Stage 4 “From Lower to Upper Secondary School” successfully defended his doctoral thesis in the field of educational sciences today. His doctoral thesis deals with “Consolidation of performance, increase of performance – or something completely different? Effects of grade retentions on performance development”. Congratulations!


Yearbook of School Development Volume 20 has been published


11.09.2018 – The 20th volume of the Yearbook of School Development has been published recently. Since 1980 every two years the Yearbook of School Development from the Center of Research on Education and School Development informs about major developments in school and the educational system. The present volume aims at describing the current state of empirical research regarding heterogeneity in school and teaching. Thus a scientifically sound reference book is provided for all in school, school administration, science and politics who are concerned with questions, analysis and organization of the educational system.


Scientific Field of Competence School and Educational Research positively evaluated


10.09.2018 – Within the framework of the Master Plan Science of the City of Dortmund the Scientific Field of Competence (SFC) School and Educational Research at the Center for Research on Education and School Development has been positively evaluated by an expert group under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Manfred Prenzel. Today the results of the evaluation have been presented at a press conference. According to the evaluation the SFC School and Educational Research is well established, research questions and projects are both scientifically and socially of outstanding importance. The research programme is target-oriented and strategically excellent structured. The research of the SFC is national very visible, the radiance for an institution of the given size deserves the highest recognition. Moreover the SFC successfully cooperates with all relevant institutions in the field of empirical educational research in Germany and is recognized by them as a competent and reliable partner. For the continuation of the successful work and the expansion of activities a balanced relation of third-party funds to main funds is to be reached and additional resources will be needed.


Wilfried Bos in Deutschlandfunk – What do school performance studies bring?

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25.08.2018 – A broadcast in Germany radio is dedicated to the question of benefits and effects of national and international school achievement studies. Wilfried Bos emphasizes the necessity of empirical findings for the improvement of school and teaching. According to him, empirical evidence about performance levels and causes are essential for change in the education system. Furthermore he argues for greater responsiveness to data sets, especially in education policy.


Opening of ETN OCCAM: Kickoff and first training event


22.08.2018 – The European Training Network OCCAM will be formally opened on 22 August 2018. At the kick-off, the coordinator of the TU Dortmund welcomes the international network of 15 young scientists and experienced researchers from a total of 12 research institutions in Europe, Australia and the USA. Between 23 and 31 August, there will be organizational meetings and a first-class training session consisting of three workshops. Further information can be found under the links below.


Manuela Endberg successfully defended her doctoral thesis


19.07.2018 – Manuela Endberg, research fellow in the working group of Professor Bos, successfully defended her doctoral Thesis which deals with “Professional competence of teachers with regard to the use of digital media in class”. Congratulations!


TU Dortmund University Council votes 2018 – IFS represented in Senate and Faculty Council

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18.07.2018 – Professor Nele McElvany was elected as a member of the Senate of TU Dortmund University and Council of the Faculty Educational Science, Psychology and Sociology. Furthermore from the IFS Professor Heinz Günter Holtappels (group of professors), Karin Lossen and Dr. Andreas Sander (group of research associates) as well as Dr. Michael Männel (group of administrative staff) were voted as alternates of the Faculty Council. Congratulations to all elected representatives and a successful term!


Martin Burghoff – Docotral thesis successfully defended


18.07.2018 – Martin Burghoff, research fellow in the working group of Professor Bos, defended successfully his doctoral Thesis in the field educational sciences today. His doctoral Thesis dealt with the topic “anchoring digital media at all-day schools – A theoretical framing and empirical results”. Congratulations!


Seminar Inter-Cultural Dialogue through Theatre bridges the gap between theatre work and dealing with migration-related heterogeneity in the school context


18.07.2018 – In cooperation with Dr. Chen Alon of Tel Aviv University, Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany once again offers the innovative teaching format Inter-Cultural Dialogue through Theatre. In this seminar new methods and tools are given to preservice teachers to successfully deal with migration-related heterogeneity in the school context within the framework of the theory model Polarized Theatre of the Oppressed. Dr. Chen Alon is co-founder of the internationally known group Combatants of Peace, which uses alternative forms of communication to break down hardened patterns of thought and promote peaceful coexistence.


Theresa Schlitter receives Best of JURE Award Paper 2018


11.07.2018 – 10.07.2018 - Theresa Schlitter, research assistant at AG McElvany, received the Best of JURE Award in the category "Paper" at this year's Junior Reseachers of Earli (JURE) conference. The paper deals with "Differential and Gender-Specific Relations among Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension by Text Genres". The prize is endowed with a one-year JURE membership. Congratulations!


4th Dortmund Symposium on Empirical Educational Research – What teachers need to know


05.07.2018 – The 4th Dortmund Symposium on Empirical Educational Research provided the stage for educational research experts from all over Germany to discuss – from diverse perspectives – conditions and effects of teacher education, teacher competencies and classroom teaching. The minister of school and education of North Rhine-Westphalia, Yvonne Gebauer, emphasized in her conference greeting her great interest in the findings and achievements of educational research due to its important guidance role in the continuing improvement of schools. We are grateful for the diverse contributions of all experts and participants.


Svenja Hartwig successfully defends her doctoral thesis


04.07.2018 – Svenja Hartwig, research fellow in the working group of Professor McElvany, successfully defended her dissertation today. Her doctoral thesis deals with “Teachers’ attitudes and motivation towards heterogeneous learning groups: structure, characteristics and framework conditions”. Congratulations!


The project Ganz In celebrates project completion


04.07.2018 – On Friday, the IFS celebrated the closure of their project Ganz In at the Dortmunder U together with 150 project partners from schools, education policy and administration. Since 2009, the project supports secondary schools in North Rhine-Westphalia in their reorganization to all-day-schooling. The overarching goal was to improve the quality of school qualifications and to enable more students to achieve the Abitur.
Especially those students from underprivileged educational backgrounds should get the chance to fulfill their potential.


IFS members nominated for the Best-of-JURE Award


25.06.2018 – The JURE, the annual young researcher conference of the EARLI conference, traditionally awards the Best of JURE Award in the three categories Round Table, Single Paper and Poster. In this year Nurit Viesel-Nordmeyer was nominated for the Poster Award and Theresa Schlitter for the Single Paper Award. All nominees will present their contributions to a scientific committee of experts. The winner will be announced at the closing session on Friday, July 6, 2018.
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Teacher Training Center from Shanghai at the IFS


22.06.2018 – On July 22, IFS welcomed Ms. Li Ding from the Teacher Training Center in Shanghai, China. In joint discussions, overlapping points and resources for potential cooperation were discussed and research work was presented.


Franziska Schwabe as studio guest in the local time Ruhr

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20.06.2018 – 14.06.2018 - A survey by the school council of the Erich-Fried-Gesamtschule in Herne showed that 90 percent of pupils feel stressed. Dr. Franziska Schwabe answered questions on the subject of school well-being as a studio guest in the local time Ruhr on WDR.


Evaluation of the Scientific Competence Field "School and Educational Research" at IFS


17.05.2018 – Within the framework of the Master Plan Science of the City Dortmund, the scientific competence field "School and Educational Research" at the IFS was evaluated today by the expert Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Manfred Prenzel. With the Science Master Plan, the City of Dortmund has been pursuing the goal since 2013 of working together with all social forces to strengthen science in Dortmund and to let urban society benefit from science.


Education Action Council publishes new report on digital sovereignty and education


16.05.2018 – The Aktionsrat Bildung, a ten-member politically independent panel of experts including Professor Lenzen as chairman, Professor Bos and Professor McElvany, today published the current report Digital Sovereignty and Education. This provides the latest research results, developments and effects of digitization with a view to all educational phases as well as educational phase-specific recommendations for education policy. The results will be presented at the "Germany has a future" event in Munich today.
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Habilitation – Dr. Ramona Lorenz got Venia Legendi


25.04.2018 – On April 25, 2018, Dr. Ramona Lorenz successfully presented the scientific talk "New control in the school system - comparability of achievements" as oral part of the habilitation procedure. After completing the habilitation process with her inaugural lecture, she will be awarded the Venia Legendi "Educational Science with a focus on Empirical Research in Education" - Congratulations!


Nele McElvany as Visiting Researcher at UCLA CRESST


24.04.2018 – Professor McElvany is again a visiting researcher at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at the University of California in Los Angeles, US. She continues the successful cooperation established in 2015. In the period from March to May 2018 she works there in different research contexts such as the cooperation with Senior Research Scientist Alan Koenig on the project Teach-SEG or the BELLS project on well-being with Deputy Superintendent Matthew L. Witmer.


Analyzing technical and pedagogical support in secondary schools in Germany


16.04.2018 – The study funded by the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung aims at analyzing how the technical and pedagogical support in schools currently is and prospectively should be implemented in secondary schools in Germany. Based on survey data with 600 teachers who already participated in the representative study Schule digital – der Länderindikator 2017 and in-depth expert interviews a support profile will be compiled which shall serve as a standard for ensuring and further developing ICT-related efforts in schools.


New study funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG): Development of pedagogical media competence of pre-service teachers in the context of integrating ICT in education


13.04.2018 – Integrating ICT in education successfully requires teachers who are competent in using ICT in instruction. With the study at hand, a pre-service teacher course is developed including theoretical, empirical and practical approaches in order to analyze how the differentiated facets of pedagogical media competence can be fostered in teacher education. The study under responsibility of Dr. Ramona Lorenz started in April 2018 and ends in March 2019.
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IGLU 2021 - IFS again responsible for national participation

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10.04.2018 – IFS will be in charge of Germany’s participation in the 2021 cycle of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS; national: IGLU). New features in this cycle will be the so-called bridging study, which will accompany the transition to digital survey, a module for reading in online environments and a national school panel.
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Article of the year in Language Learning


14.03.2018 – The article Form early Starters to late finishers? A longitudinal study of early foreign language learning in School wirtten by Michael Schurig and colleagues, which has been written in cooperation between the Chair of the Didactic of the English Language of the Ruhr-University Bochum and the IFS and published within Language Learning, has been chosen as the Journals Article of the year 2017. Along with this award Wiley publishers provide open-access for several months.


Interview: Franziska Schwabe at LEONARDO on WDR5


12.03.2018 – Are students more stressed these days? If so, is it due to certain school development processes? Franziska Schwabe was invited to the WDR5-Radio on March 9, 2018 as an expert in the science programme LEONARDO on the topic of school stress - Does school make sick?. In addition to questions from moderator Steffi Klaus, interested people were also able to join the discussion by telephone.
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StEG: nationwide, representative system monitoring has started


06.03.2018 – The nationwide, representative online-survey of headmasters at all-day schools by the “Study on the Development of All-Day Schools” 2018 has started. To measure the trend development and the state of extension regarding all-day schools in Germanys within the third system monitoring, following 2012 and 2015, about 2’000 schools are addressed and asked to participate.


Graduated: Andreas Sander successfully defends his dissertation


23.02.2018 – Andreas Sander, research fellow at AG McElvany, successfully defended his dissertation on 21st February 2018. Thematically, he dealt with language-related educational inequalities in the context of migration with a special focus on stereotypes as a possible reason and implicit language promotion as a potential reduction strategy. Congratulations!


Latest IFS research results presented at GEBF 2018


19.02.2018 – The IFS was represented again this year with numerous contributions at the conference of the Society for Empirical Research in Education (GEBF). Employees from all working groups presented their latest research results in symposia and individual presentations. The conference took place from 15 to 17 February 2018 in Basel and was jointly organized by the School of Education Basel and the University of Basel.


Latest Volumes for the Dortmund Symposium of Empirical Educational Research and IFS- Education dialog published


15.02.2018 – The latest volumes of the third Dortmund Symposium of Empirical Education Research and the second IFS Educational Dialogue have recently been published by Waxmann-Verlag. In view of the Dortmund Symposium, contributions by renowned experts will take up the latest research findings and discussions on the conditions of successful educational careers in social heterogeneity. The topic of digitisation in school education, which is currently the subject of much discussion, will be focussed on in the second volume of the conference series of the IFS Education Dialogue, with special emphasis on the various perspectives from educational practice, administration and research.


Talk by Dr. Franziska Schwabe to the topic “reading and language competences in primary school”


14.02.2018 – At the invitation of Dr. Thomas Riecke-Baulecke, Director of the Institute for Quality Development at Schools in Schleswig-Holstein, Dr. Franziska Schwabe gave an input lecture on the topic of "Reading and Language Skills in Primary Schools" for some 240 school principals from all primary schools and support centres as well as school councillors in Schleswig-Holstein. The event took place on 14 February 2018 in Damp, Schleswig-Holstein.
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Expert panel discusses compulsory primary school recommendation - Interview with Nele McElvany at WELT


12.02.2018 – In the news portal "Welt" a group of experts from educational research, practice and politics discussed the abolition of mandatory primary school recommendations in many countries. According to McElvany, the fact that "pupils from less educated classes at secondary schools and secondary schools are underrepresented" can be defused "when teachers decide on the secondary school." Discussions were also held on the current situation of attending different types of secondary schools with regard to equal opportunities.
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IFS coordinates international study on education and school systems: EU funds 3.9m Euro project OCCAM


06.02.2018 – How does governance of resources and decision making impact educational outcomes, what are effective educational settings and processes, and how valid are international school rankings like the PISA study? These are three key questions of the international project "Outcomes and Causal Inference in International Comparative Assessments” (OCCAM). The Center for Research on Education and School Development (IFS) will coordinate the international and interdisciplinary project with twelve partner organizations from nine countries. The consortium will investigate schools and education systems around the globe. Dr. Rolf Strietholt coordinates the action at the IFS.


New DFG-project at IFS


31.01.2018 – The new project Effects and moderators of Stereotype threat in vocabulary/language learning situations among primary and secondary school students of Turkish origin funded by the DFG will be launched this year. The research project will be conducted by Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Bettina Hannover, Dr. Lysann Zander, and Prof. Dr. Oliver T. Wolf. Andreas Sander represents the project manangement at project site Dortmund. Several experimental surveys aim at investigating the effects of stereotypes on learning success.


IFS-Research Report 2016 - 2017 published


12.12.2017 – The development and the activities of the Center for Research on Education and School Development (IFS) in 2016 – 2017 are presented in the IFS Research Report. The report informs about the institutes´ key research areas, conferences, training of young scientists, knowledge transfer and internationalization. Beside the presentation of the research projects you will find an overview of publications and contributions to conferences.


Specialist conference on ‚quality and learning effectiveness of all-day schools‘


07.12.2017 – At a StEG-Lesen symposium, the topic „Quality and learning effectiveness of all-day schools” was critically evaluated and its problem areas and paths to their solution discussed. Multipliers from education research and administration, interest groups and educational practice participated. Prof. Dr. Heinz Günter Holtappels opened the symposium with an overview of relevant findings of (all-day) school research. Subsequently, three presentations focused on strategies of didactic intervention and organization relating to learning time and all-day activities in the domains of mathematics, reading, and physics. To conclude the event, an expert panel discussed these findings and results before the discussion was opened to questions from the audience. The StEG-Lesen team would like to thank all participants for the lively and productive exchange of ideas.


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