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Project duration 01.12.2022 - 31.12.2024

Diversity-related attitudes

DIVE addresses implicit and explicit attitudes towards several diversity-generating characteristics such as gender or migration background. The study’s focus is on different age cohorts, from kindergarten to adulthood. Furthermore, it investigates which central person- or environment-specific variables are related to the attitudes.


Own funds Professor McElvany

Project description

Our society is diverse. There are various diversity-generating characteristics. These include, for example, "gender", "migration background", and "religion". Thus, the main question of the project "Diversity-related attitudes" (DIVE) is how implicit, i.e. rather unconscious, and explicit, i.e. conscious, attitudes towards different diversity-generating topics are characterized.

Drei farbig geschwungene Linien in grün, blau und grau mit gleichbunten Schriftzug DIVE

The project focuses on different age cohorts. Beginning with children of kindergarten age to individuals of adult age participate in the implicit association tests (IAT) to measure implicit attitudes. Explicit attitudes are measured by questionnaire.

In addition to the manifestation of implicit and explicit attitudes, the question of which personal and environmental variables are related to the manifestation of attitudes is also investigated.

Lead researcher at IFS

Project management

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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.