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Main con­fe­rence program – July 11th, 2019

5th Dortmund Symposium on Empirical Educational Research „Against the Odds – (In)Equity in Education and Educational Systems“

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Cover des Herausgeberwerks 5. Dort­mun­der Symposium der Empirischen Bil­dungs­for­schung: „Against the Odds – (In)Equity in Education and Educational Sys­tems“ © Waxmann

(In)Equity in education and educational systems is a topic of outstanding relevance. Factors, like, for example, students’ socio-economic status or migration background have been found to be strongly related to academic achievement in various studies and this is a constant finding in large-scale assessment studies – especially for Germany. Does educational inequity accumulate over a child’s life span or what compensating factors can be identified? Not least because of the topic's timeless meaning the 5th Dortmund Symposium on Empirical Educational Research was focused on questions pertaining to (in)equity. Factors of influence and approaches to overcome (in)equity were discussed by an international and interdisciplinary expert panel, with contributions from Cyprus, Ireland, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Germany.

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Opening of the Conference

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany (Executive Director of the IFS)

Welcoming speeches

Prof. Dr. Insa Melle (Prorector Academic Affairs at TU Dortmund University)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Goll (Dean of Faculty of Education, Psychology and Sociology)

Plenary lecture: Promoting Equity in Education: The Contribution of Research on Educational Effectiveness and Improvement

Prof. Dr. Leonidas Kyriakides (University of Cyprus)

Brief commentaries from the perspectives of psychology, educational sociology, and teaching methodology
Prof. Dr. Birgit Spinath (Heidelberg University)
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Peter Blossfeld (University of Bamberg)
Prof. Dr. Aiso Heinze (Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education)

and plenary discussion
12:30 Poster exhibition by junior researchers and break with lunchtime snack
13:30 Poster award donated by Waxmann Publishing Co.


Common and uncommon pathways through Luxembourg’s stratified education system: Findings from a mixed-methods study
Dr. Susanne Backes (University of Luxembourg)

with commentaries from
Prof. Dr. Corinna Kleinert (Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories)
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Eckhard Klieme (Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education)

Social inclusion in diverse peer networks and experienced social belonging: Validation of a new measure of in-group and out-group inclusion in multilingual classrooms
Dr. Thorsten Henke (Leibniz University Hannover)

with commentaries from
Prof. Dr. Petra Stanat (Institute for Quality Development in Education)
Prof. Dr. Joachim Wirth (Ruhr University Bochum)

Hot Topic Study: DAB Panel Study

Prof. Dr. Rolf Becker (University of Bern)

and plenary discussion
15:00 Coffee break

Topic Statement: Against the Odds – Institutional Perspectives

Prof. Dr. Chris Brown (University of Portsmouth)

and plenary discussion

Controversial Statements Reproduction vs. Compensation of Educational Inequities

Focus on Reproduction Prof. Dr. Emer Smyth (The Economic and Social Research Institute Dublin)

Focus on Compensation Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller (Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education)

and plenary discussion

Podium and “Ask the Expert” with all con­fe­rence experts


Closing Ceremony

Cafeteria menus

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.