YEAR 2021

Learning to Read - Reading to Learn

11/30/2021

Our ability to read is fundamental to learning, social participation, and success in the workplace. Dr. Panayiota (Pani) Kendeou conducts research at the University of Minnesota (USA) on how best to promote literacy across the lifespan. In her LIfBi Lecture on November 9th, Pani Kendeou presented two of her lines of research that aim to improve our theoretical understanding of reading and translate it into practical solutions.

Call for papers extended until end of February '22: Special Issue "Large-scale Assessments in Education"

11/26/2021

Under the heading „The National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) and Methodological Innovations in Longitudinal Large-Scale Assessments“ contributions are sought from a variety of disciplines that address methods of data collection and analysis in educational studies. The call for papers has now been extended until February 28, 2022. Proposals for contributions can be submitted until then.

Self-learning early warning system to counter high dropout rates in higher education

11/16/2021

When students drop out of their studies, considerable costs are incurred - not only for the students themselves, but also for universities and society. Reducing dropout rates is difficult, however, because German universities largely lack appropriate forecasting options and intervention measures. In the first LIfBi Lecture of the current winter semester, Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schneider, Chair of Finance and Taxation at the University of Wuppertal, presented four projects that build on each other and have developed an early warning system to predict impending dropouts and are investigating how the information thus obtained can be used.

Meet LIfBi researchers at "Book a Scientist" for a conversation

11/4/2021

What influence do siblings have on the educational trajectories and the development of children? (How) does a mandatory insurance for house owners help against flood hazards? Does eating in harmony with the internal clock work? On these and 127 other topics, researchers from all disciplines of the Leibniz Association will give an insight into their research and answer individual questions. This year, the scientific speed-dating format "Book a Scientist" will take place virtually on November 10 and can be booked now. Four LIfBi scientists will also be taking part.

What It Takes to Motivate People to Learn Online

10/26/2021

Whether out of private interest or for professional development: self-learning with the assist of videos or other digital learning materials has been popular not just since the COVID-19 pandemic. With the conviction that "Knowledge Is the Best Answer", the Virtual University of Bavaria (vhb) has already been making university knowledge freely available in the form of self-learning courses via its OPEN vhb platform since July 2019. In a cooperation between the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) in Bamberg and the vhb, this will now be investigated. A current online survey focusses on the questions what it takes to motivate participants to continue their education with the OPEN vhb courses as well as how learning motivation develops over the duration of the course. The cooperation partners are looking forward to the feedback of the users, which will pay into the further development of the OPEN vhb courses.

20 Years FDZ: How an Initial Spark Became a Successful Model

10/12/2021

The first Research Data Center (FDZ) in Germany was founded 20 years ago. On the occasion of this anniversary, the KonsortSWD team at LIfBi organized a scientific conference, which took place in a hybrid format simultaneously in the Spiegelsaal in Bamberg and online. Experts from the scientific community took a look at the development of the research data infrastructure over the past 20 years and discussed current trends and potential for development. A central theme of the event was calls on policymakers to create the legal framework to improve the work of research data centers and facilitate linkages between existing and new data sets.

Kamila Cygan-Rehm Directs New Junior Research Group at LIfBi

10/1/2021

On 1 October, a new junior research group on the topic of "Outcomes of Education Across the Lifespan" will start at the Bamberg Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi). It will be led by Dr. Kamila Cygan-Rehm, who earned her doctorate in economics. The junior research group is investigating the influence of education and lifelong learning on different aspects of life.
 

LIfBi Post-Doc Gundula Zoch Appointed Junior Professor

9/22/2021

On 1 September 2021, Dr Gundula Zoch started her junior professorship in the sociology of social inequalities at the Institute of Social Sciences at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. Previously, she was a research associate at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) in Bamberg. Gundula Zoch will continue to be associated with LIfBi as a Research Fellow in order to implement ongoing and upcoming research projects.

LIfBi Hosts "20 years FDZ" Anniversary Event

9/21/2021

20 years ago, the first Research Data Centre (FDZ) was founded in Germany. To mark this anniversary, the KonsortSWD team at LIfBi is organising a scientific conference. Since only a small number of invited guests can be present in the Spiegelsaal in Bamberg, the event will take place in a hybrid form on 30 September and can also be viewed online in a livestream.

Register now: Annual Fora on Education Policy 2021 on 28.10.2021

9/15/2021

This year, the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) is again responsible for the content of the Annual Fora on Education Policy of the Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN) as co-organizer. This year's forum, titled "Innovation and Prosperity through STEM," will be held as a virtual event on Thursday, October 28, 2021. Registration for the event is now open.

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