On September 12, the Leibniz Association once again invites you to a speed dating event with scientists. 100 researchers from various disciplines are ready to be asked all kinds of questions about their research projects. Once again, 5 young LIfBi education researchers will be taking part. They are working on topics such as sibling research, reading and math skills, multilingual education or school closures and want to use the opportunity to explain their research in a generally understandable way. Appointments for the online talks can be booked now by anyone interested in science.
Don't be afraid of math!
Mathematical skills are of central importance in our society. Even before starting school, children have a basic understanding of numbers and quantities. Psychologist Maximilian Seitz answers questions about how early mathematical skills can be promoted, how to introduce even young children to mathematics, and how to reduce (their own) fears of contact.
Learning to read (better) is possible at any age
People usually learn the ability to understand written texts when they start school. But even after elementary school, reading skills can change and improve - even into old age. Kathrin Thums talks about what science knows about this and why it's never too late to learn to read (better).
When the village school closes
Demographic change can have a significant impact on regional educational offerings. Rural areas in particular are increasingly affected by permanent school closures, as a lack of births and outmigration force local authorities to cut spending. Economist Sebastian Vogler conducts research on this topic, which not only affects municipalities, counties and districts, but is also relevant at the level of the German Federal States.
Growing up with two languages
Developmental psychologist Jessica Willard grew up with two languages herself. As a researcher, she wonders: does multilingual education make children smarter or happier? And is there a "magic formula" for raising children who speak two languages fluently? How do children even feel when they grow up multilingual? And how can we ensure at home, in kindergarten and at school that children feel really comfortable with their two languages?
What siblings learn from each other
Close confidants, playmates, fierce rivals. Brothers and sisters can be all of these things to each other. Elena Wittmann conducts research on this special relationship because siblings play a significant role in individual development. The relationship with them also has an influence on our self-image, our personality and our career.