New Interim Director at LIfBi


Starting on April 1, 2018, Prof. Dr. Sabine Weinert has taken over the position of Interim Director of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories and will thus also lead the NEPS study “Educational Trajectories in Germany”. She succeeds Prof. Dr. Sandra Buchholz, who had been managing the Institute during its dynamic development phase after the retirement of Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Roßbach.

Prof. Dr. Sandra Buchholz (right) passes the symbolical baton to Prof. Dr. Sabine Weinert (left).

14th meeting of the Board of Trustees with a change in personnel


Led by the Chair Professor Marlis Buchmann from the University of Zurich, the 14th meeting of the LIfBi Board of Trustees took place on March 21, 2018. Interim Director Professor Sandra Buchholz gave her final report to the Board of Trustees about key themes and developments during her one-year tenure, which will end on March 31, 2018. Professor Sabine Weinert was appointed by the Board of Trustees as the new Interim Director as of April 1.

ReGES field start: survey of families has begun


In February, fieldwork started with interviews of refugee families in selected local communities. This survey collects data of parents and adolescents and tests the competencies of children and adolescents.

ReGES at 6th Conference of the Society for Empirical Educational Research (GEBF) from 02/15–02/17/2018 in Basel


The ReGES study appeared with a contribution from Anike Dröscher at the 6th Conference of the Society for Empirical Educational Research (GEBF).

Professorship for PD. Dr. Timo Gnambs


PD Dr. Timo Gnambs, Head of LIfBi Research Unit “Educational Measurement”, has been appointed to a professorship at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria).

5th Annual General Meeting of NEPS


On February 19, 2018, the Annual General Meeting of NEPS met in Bamberg for the fifth time. Besides electing the new Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Annual General Meeting of NEPS and the members of the NEPS Network Committee, the meeting focused on the report of the Interim Director, Prof. Sandra Buchholz.

The social integration of immigrants is determined by their former social position in their country of origin


In his guest talk on February 8, 2018, Mathieu Ichou, PhD, from the INED French Institute for Demographic Studies, emphasizes the role of immigrants’ selectivity when it comes to analysing their social integration.

Mathieu Ichou, PhD, during his lecture at LIfBi

Research Data Center LIfBi featured on EduserverBlog


Dr. Daniel Fuß, Head of the Research Data Center LIfBi (RDC LIfBi) in an interview on the available data of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), the tasks of the RDC LIfBi, and future challenges.

Motivation can be learned


As part of the LIfBilectures series, Dr. Gabriele Steuer, Research Assistant at the University of Augsburg, presented the results of several studies on the topic “effective regulation of motivation”.

Dr. Gabriele Steuer presents findings of several studies on the topic of "effective regulation of motivation“.

Promotion of educational equity at preschool stage increases equal opportunities in schools


As part of the LIfBilectures series, Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn, the Executive Director of the German Institute for International Educational Research (Deutsches Institut für internationale Pädagogische Forschung, DIPF), presented results from the early support program "The Mature School Child" (Schulreifes Kind).

Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn, DIPF, during his lecture at LIfBi.

First Representative Population Study Among Adolescents in Germany: Video Games Hardly Influence Cognitive Abilities


Playing a lot of video games makes adolescents stupid—a statement that is often referred to by the term “digital dementia”. This popular assumption is challenged by studies in which video gamers demonstrate a quicker perception and can solve complex problems more easily. Researchers could not validate either assumption through their new study. They did not find any significant correlation between the time 15-year-olds spend playing video games and their cognitive abilities.

LIfBi employee honored for her excellent master’s thesis


This year’s special award of the women’s representative at the University of Bamberg was given to Regina Jusri for her thesis in the field of gender research. The PUSh prize (Preis der Universitätsfrauenbeauftragten für Studentinnen mit hervorragenden Leistungen) is awarded every year to three female students for their outstanding final papers.

Regina Jusri (left) at the award ceremony (photographer: Louise Zenker / © Universität Bamberg)

ReGES: Field start in Fall 2017


Over the last months, the ReGES team has worked intensely to prepare the first wave of the survey of the ReGES study.

International closing conference of second funding phase of DFG Priority Programme 1646 “Education as a Lifelong Process. Analyzing Data of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS)”


The international closing conference of the second funding phase of the DFG Priority Programme 1646, which was initiated in 2012, was held again this year in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories.

Why parents choose day-care centers


In addition to characteristics such as the family’s migration background or place of residence, especially the parents’ personal opinions influence their decision for or against sending their child to a day-care center. These opinions include, for example, the significance that parents attribute to their own working life and if they see child care outside the family as favorable for their child’s development.

The analytic potential of spatial distance calculations based on geodata and data protection requirements in empirical social research


In his guest lecture at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, Prof. Dr. Rainer Schnell from the University of Duisburg-Essen, currently Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin-University of Perth (Australia), presented a method to calculate spatial distances between individuals and infrastructure facilities without using "genuine" geocoordinates. The technique he presented creates approximate values of high quality and simultaneously ensures sufficient protection of individual data.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Schnell explains a method that allows for the usage of geodata in social research without raising concerns about data protection.

What are the factors that determine gender-typical expectations of youths and young adults when it comes to choosing a career?


On November 7, 2017, Dr. Irene Kriesi, Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET), presented results of her joint work with Ariane Basler, University of Zurich, and Christian Imdorf, University of Basel, on gender-typical career aspirations as part of the lecture series LIfBilectures.

Dr. Irene Kriesi, SFIVET, during her talk at LIfBi

How to explain “irrational” behavior?


During his visit at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), Prof. Dr. Clemens Kroneberg, University of Cologne, presented the Model of Frame Selection (MFS) as well as its added value and limitations in contrast to (primarily incentive-based) Rational Choice (RC) approaches from the field of decision theory.

Prof. Dr. Clemens Kroneberg, University of Cologne, during his guest lecture at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi)

Family-related Employment Interruptions: Mothers in Low-paid Jobs Take More Time off From Work


How quickly women will return to work after taking family-related leave depends on the income level of their last job. In case of low salaries, women are more likely to take more time off from work—and this is largely regardless of the share of part-time work in their profession. These findings have now been revealed by a study based on data of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS).

Dual vocational education and training firmly established at LIfBi


With the beginning of the new school year of 2017/18, the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) welcomes already its second generation of trainees.

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