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Chance Mirror


Project duration: 01.06.2010 - 31.03.2017

Chance Mirror

“Chance Mirror” is a thematic, indicator-based monographic series for use as an instrument within the school monitoring system. Using four aspects of equality, the report focus is an examination of educational equality of the German school systems in the different states.

Project description

The project "Chance Mirror" compares the equality of school systems within Germany based on four theory-extracted principles of equality: integration capacity, transparency, competence promotion, and issuing of certificates. In this way, "Chance Mirror" functions as a problem-focused, indicator-based instruments of the school monitoring system. Objectives are the broadening of perspectives within educational research in the category of equal opportunity, as well as the empirical description of equality within German school systems. An overall assessment of findings from studies published to date reveals that equal opportunity with the school systems has only been partially realized.

Derived out of a synthesis of educational theory and theories of equality, “Chance Mirror” provides the following systemic definition of equal opportunity, which should be understood as a minimum requirement:

“Chance Mirror” understands equal-opportunity as the fair chance to freely participate in society as guaranteed by an equitable school institution in which students experience no additional disadvantages due to their social and natural characteristics, and promotes empowerment through mutual recognition and respect of everyone involved.

Data sources are the Federal Statistical Office and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK), as well as results from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). Based on the dates, for indicators of equality are operationalized for an empirical school monitoring

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Lead researcher

Foto von Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R. Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.,

Campus Nord, CDI

Prof. Dr. Nils Berkemeyer (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)

Project management

Foto von Björn Hermstein Björn Hermstein,

Telephone: (+49)231 755-7417

Project team

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

  • Sonja Abendroth

External project partners

Wissenschaftliches Konsortium:

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft

Prof. Dr. Nils Berkemeyer

Lehrstuhl für Schulpädagogik und Schulentwicklung


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