Project DiFA impresses in Leibniz Competition


Thanks to its innovative approach, the application for the cooperative project "Digital Formative Assessment (DiFA)–Unfolding Its Full Potential By Combining Psychometrics With Learning Analytics" has won the grant from the Leibniz Competition 2020. The project is led by the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education (DIPF), with the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) and Goethe University Frankfurt acting as project partners.

The DiFA team at the kick-off meeting (Foto: Sebastian Wollny, DIPF)

New concept for doctoral degrees establishes transparent framework


On the path to completing their dissertation, young scientists face many challenges. Therefore, LIfBi published a new doctoral concept at the beginning of this year, which makes the general conditions transparent for all involved parties and provides information about funding opportunities.

Do secondary schools lead everyone further? The impact of school types on educational success


Debates about the multi-tiered school system in Germany have a long tradition: Does the division into different types of school lead to better support according to ability or do social inequalities become more pronounced as a result? In his lecture at LIfBi on January 9, 2020, Prof. Dr. Malte Reichelt—from New York University Abu Dhabi and the Institute for Employment Research of the Federal Employment Agency (IAB) in Nuremberg—explored the methodologically exciting question of whether the type of school determines educational success after the fourth grade.

Prof. Dr. Corinna Kleinert, Head of LIfBi Department 2, welcomes guest speaker Prof. Dr. Malte Reichelt to the colloquium.

How to interview refugees from countries with low literacy rates?


Standardized surveys of refugees pose a variety of methodological challenges. It was not only the translation of survey instruments into the various languages of origin that proved to be difficult in the ReGES study. Challenges also occurred with the choice of survey type where origin-specific characteristics had to be taken into account.

PISA 2018: Results of the current round of surveys were the subject of a nationwide symposium in Berlin


The results of the seventh PISA study with a focus on literacy were the subject of a nationwide symposium on December 12 in Berlin. LIfBi Director Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt is co-author of the study and participant in the panel discussion Promoting reading in schools at the secondary level from the perspective of digitalization and digital reading, disparities, and multidimensional educational goals.

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“Growing Up in Europe“: Insights into the development of the first trans-European panel study on the adolescence of children and teenagers


How are children and adolescents doing in Europe? How do they perceive their living conditions and how do they look at education and health in different countries? The first trans-European longitudinal study will explore these questions from the perspective of adolescents. Prof. Dr. Gary Pollock of Manchester Metropolitan University presented the progress of the project at the LIfBi Lectures.

Prof. Dr. Gary Pollock presents the concept of EuroCohort at the LIfBi Lectures.

Approval from the Ministry of Education for the second INSIDE survey in schools has been granted


Since mid-November, the approvals of the Ministries of Education of the Federal States have been available for the second survey in the LIfBi project “INSIDE–Inclusive Education in Lower Secondary Schools in Germany”. This will allow the surveys that have been prepared for the 2019/2020 school year to take place as planned.

What defines "first-generation students" and leads to their success


What are the characteristics of people who come from a nonacademic background but are themselves pursuing an academic career such as a degree and doctorate? What is special about this group, which is also called "first-generation students"? On November 26, 2019, sociologist Friederike Schlücker from the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories presented research results from a nationwide study at the TU Berlin and discussed—as part of the First Generation Day—what special support services at universities are possible and reasonable.

Administrative Committee of the Leibniz Association elects Dr. Robert Polgar as Deputy Spokesperson


Dr. Robert Polgar was elected Deputy Spokesperson of the Administrative Committee of the Leibniz Association. "The election is a sign of confidence by the administrative colleagues of the Leibniz Association. I am very pleased to accept it and look forward to actively supporting the work of the Administrative Committee in this role", said Robert Polgar, Executive Director of Administration at LIfBi since July 1, 2014. He takes up office as of November 28, 2019.

"LIfBi Research Affiliate" honorary status awarded for the first time


The Director of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt, awarded 27 scientists the honorary status of LIfBi Research Affiliate in September.

Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt hands over the certificate to Prof. David Kaplan, Ph.D.

Are all boats rising? 4th International NEPS Conference with guest lecture by Eric A. Hanushek


On November 7-8, 2019, the international NEPS conference took place for the fourth time at LIfBi. Guest speaker was Prof. Eric A. Hanushek from Stanford University, one of the most renowned education economists in the world today. Once again, this year, prizes were awarded for outstanding works based on NEPS data. The award-winning entries deal with, among other things, school-related helplessness that may be experienced by students with poorer performance and also with the effects that higher education can have on health and wages.

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Prof. Eric A. Hanushek during his keynote lecture at the 4th NEPS conference

ZEIT ranks Gundula Zoch among 100 most important young East Germans


To commemorate the anniversary of the regional edition "ZEIT im Osten" (No. 46/2019), the editors present 100 young East Germans up to the age of 40, who they believe "will be making headlines soon". Among them is LIfBi employee Dr. Gundula Zoch.

More Space! Conference on “Education and Space” at LIfBi


The conference "Education and Space" took place on November 6 at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories. The focus was on questions and findings of empirical educational research from a spatial perspective. The opening lecture by Prof. Dr. Rainer Schnell offered an exciting introduction to the challenges of data protection law.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Schnell gave the keynote lecture at the conference "Education and Space".

Forum on Educational Policy 2019: “Education needs more than just a clever mind”


In addition to cognitive abilities, socioemotional competencies play a decisive role in educational success. Experts from science, politics, administration, and educational practice discuss the latest state of research in this field at the Forum on Educational Policy held in Berlin on October 23, 2019. The symposium is organized by the Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN), of which the LIfBi is a member.

Program of the 4th NEPS Conference online – registration still possible until 10/27/19


The program of the 4th International NEPS Conference (November 7-8, 2019, LIfBi Bamberg) including all abstracts is now available online. Interested researchers and guests are cordially invited to register for free participation. The deadline for registration is October 27, 2019.

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Conference "Education and Space"—registration and program available online


The program of the conference "Education and Space", which will take place on November 6, 2019, at the LIfBi in Bamberg, is now available online. Registration is possible until October 27, attendance is free of charge.

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Working mothers and childcare—who benefits in East and West? LIfBi employee honored with Ph.D. award at ECSR Conference 2019


Dr. Gundula Zoch, postdoc researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), has been awarded for her dissertation by the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR). In her work, she examines the relations between the expansion of early childhood care facilities, the changes in maternal employment, and the gender role attitudes of parents in East and West Germany.

News from NEPS Results Compact


The Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories has been offering "NEPS Results Compact" for some years now—these short summaries of current research projects on the basis of data from the National Education Panel Study provide information in a concise form on some of the most important results.

Learning from the past, in the present, and for the future—LIfBi employees present research at 18th EARLI Conference


At this year's conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) at the RWTH Aachen, LIfBi researchers presented their current research work. The motto of the conference from August 12–16, 2019 was "Thinking Tomorrow's Education: Learning From the Past, in the Present, and for the Future".

Dr. Sina Fackler, Dr. Ilka Wolter, Kathrin Thums, and Dr. Götz Lechner at the LIfBi information booth.

LIfBi attends ESRA Conference 2019 with several key topics


At this year's conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) in Zagreb from July 17 to 19, LIfBi employees organized several sessions—for example, on topics related to the implementation of studies on refugees:

The LIfBi team at ESRA 2019 (from left to right): Carina Schönmoser, Dr. Ariane Würbach, Katharina Stark, Dr. Christoph Homuth, Dr. Uta Landrock, Dr. Götz Lechner, Dr. Gisela Will, Daniel Bela, Nadine Bachbauer, Dr. Michaela Sixt, Dr. Gundula Zoch | Photo: Ulrich Krieger
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