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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)”

06.12.2017

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.

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

15.11.2017

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?

10.11.2017

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?

27.10.2017

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)

Dual vocational education and training firmly established at LIfBi

19.10.2017

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.

Keeping an eye on individual cases—performance figures as targets

12.10.2017

David Osher and Sanjay Arora (AIR) visited the LIfBi for consultation meetings from October 9 to 11.

Vice President David Osher (AIR, third from left) and Senior Data Scientist Sanjay Arora (AIR, fifth from right) together with members of the executive level of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi).

Publication award handed out at the Second International NEPS Conference

11.10.2017

The NEPS Publication Award was presented to Dr. Fabian Ochsenfeld, honoring his extraordinary scientific contribution based on data of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS).

The award winners Dr. Fabian Ochsenfeld (2nd from left) and Frank Goßmann together with Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt (Head of Department 1, LIfBi) and Dr. Christian Aßmann (Head of Department 3, LIfBi)

LIfBi thanks two distinguished experts in inequality research, Professor Erikson and Professor Müller

04.10.2017

On September 27 and 28, 2017, the 4th Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) was held in Bamberg.

The outgoing Board members Professor Robert Erikson (left) and Professor Walter Müller (right) received a picture from the NEPS Drawing Contest 2015 as a thank-you for their long-standing commitment of scientifically monitoring the NEPS and LIfBi.

Emotional stability and articulateness increase the chances of finding a job after unemployment

28.09.2017

Many people know from experience that, apart from having good grades or relevant work experience, a pleasant personality or an intelligent appearance will also affect successful job-hunting. In a current investigation, Dr. Timo Gnambs of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories relates individual characteristics to the duration of adults’ job searches until they are successful. In fact, the study shows that emotional stability and high articulateness make the job search easier and, consequently, also shorten periods of involuntary unemployment.

When answers are estimated by rule of thumb: The analysis of estimated values in surveys

21.09.2017

In the 2009/2010 survey waves of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), roughly 70% of adult respondents replied to the question about their income with an approximate value—a common phenomenon also in other surveys. This distortion of the actual income distribution has a negative influence on the accuracy of the statistical analysis and relating conclusions. Dr. Sabine Zinn and Dr. Ariane Würbach of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories have developed a statistical model that allows researchers to make reliable statements about the actual income distribution even in the case of values rounded not at random.

 

In mourning for Prof. Dr. Volker Stocké

28.08.2017

Unexpectedly, Prof. Dr. Volker Stocké has passed away at the age of 51.

First successfully completed vocational training at LIfBi

21.08.2017

LIfBi congratulates first apprentice to complete vocational training at the Institute.

Summer School of the DFG Priority Programme 1646 “Education as a Lifelong Process. Analyzing Data of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS)”

04.08.2017

The third Summer School of the Priority Programme 1646 "Education as a Lifelong Process"—funded and initiated by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)—on “Longitudinal Analyses in Educational Research" took place on July 31–August 4 in cooperation with the LIfBi.

6th Workshop on analysis of incomplete data (AID) with focus on strategies for public data providers

24.07.2017

The 6th workshop on the analysis of incomplete data (AID) held at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) on July 19, 2017, illustrated the different strategies that a public data provider can adopt—namely, to either provide the tools for imputing within the analysis, or to impute first and then analyze.

Festive farewell for Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Roßbach

03.07.2017

The Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) and the University of Bamberg bid farewell to the former Director of the Institute and Chair of Early Childhood Education with a joint ceremony in the auditorium of the university celebrating his retirement.

Crucial decision by LIfBi Board of Trustees at its 12th meeting on June 27, 2017

27.06.2017

Chaired by Prof. Dr. Rudolf Tippelt from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, the LIfBi Board of Trustees convened for their 12th meeting on June 27, 2017. The interim Director of LIfBi, Prof. Dr. Sandra Buchholz, gave her report on the developments of the Institute since the Board of Trustees’ last meeting in March 2017. The committee cleared the way for a fresh start of the joint appointment procedure together with the University of Bamberg to fill the position of LIfBi Director. The Board of Trustees also expressed its support for the upcoming appointment or tenure procedures for professorial heads of LIfBi Departments, especially Departments 2 and 3.

INSIDE: Kick-off meeting of German Federal States in Berlin

23.06.2017

How is inclusion implemented at lower secondary schools in Germany? What factors contribute to its success? These are just some of the questions that are focused on in the study “INSIDE–Inclusive Education in Lower Secondary Schools in Germany”, which is carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), the Institute for Educational Improvement (IQB), the University of Wuppertal (BUW), and the University of Potsdam (UP). As part of the study’s kick-off meeting in Berlin, project managers introduced the study to top-level representatives of the Ministries of Education and Cultural Affairs.

Context effects? It depends! Guest lecture on spatial context effects at educational transitions

22.06.2017

Dr. Katarina Weßling, University of Cologne, talks about the relations between context characteristics and transitions to secondary education, vocational training, higher education, and the labor market.

Dr. Katarina Weßling talks about context effects at educational transitions at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi).

International collaboration in the area of metacognition

15.05.2017

Dr. Vered Halamish from Bar-Ilan-University, Israel, visited the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) for three days in early May. The guest visit was funded by the “German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF)”. The aim of this meeting was an exchange on the specific research experiences in the area of metacognition as well as an exploration of concepts for possible collaborative projects.

Prof. Dr. Sandra Buchholz (left) and Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt (right) in conversation with Dr. Vered Hamish.

How are children affected by their parents’ separation?

05.05.2017

On May 05, 2017, Dr. Sandra Krapf (University of Cologne), gave a talk on “Post-separation families and child outcomes” at the LIfBi in Bamberg.

Dr. Sandra Krapf from the University of Cologne (right) during her guest lecture at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi).
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