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Promoting young talent at the IFS: Advanced curriculum

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Every year, the advanced curriculum of the IFS holds workshops on various methodological topics for all research assistants. This year, two digital workshops on statistical methods were offered.

In the first workshop on July 11-15, Dr. Takuya Yanagida, university assistant at the Institute of Applied Psychology at the University of Vienna, presented advanced methods for multilevel analyses using Mplus. Multilevel analyses are among the most relevant analysis methods in educational research due to the nested design of the data (learners in classes/schools).

In the second workshop, held July 25-29, Dr. Julia Kretschmann, a research associate at the University of Potsdam's Department of Quantitative Methods in Educational Sciences, explained causal inference and matching procedures in R. Estimating causal effects is a central concern of quantitative empirical educational research (e.g., for the effectiveness of interventions).

In both workshops, the participants were guided clearly through the topics and were also able to test their newly acquired knowledge directly in exercises on sample data sets. The advanced curriculum is part of the structured doctoral program at IFS, which pursues a comprehensive methodological and subject content qualification of young scientists.

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Location & approach

The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.