The Erasmus+ program, which is funded by the European Union in the field of education, and its predecessor programs aim at international exchange and represent central building blocks of European education policy and practice. To date, there are only a few empirically obtained findings on the effects of Erasmus+ in the school sector, both internationally and in Germany.
The following study addresses this research desideratum and aims to (1) make the effects of Erasmus+ in the school sector tangible, comprehensible and verifiable and to shed light on its impact, (2) identify conditions for success for Erasmus+ in the school sector in order to be able to support future projects effectively and successfully, and (3) make the effects of Erasmus+ in the school sector in Germany more visible.
The study will be conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from 2022 to 2024 and will follow an innovative mixed-methods research design that incorporates different methodological approaches and target groups. It comprises the following three sub-studies:
- Sub-study "Demography": The aim of this sub-study is to create a systematic "demography" of general education schools in Germany participating in Erasmus+ in order to gain an overview of participating school types, their characteristics and regional distributions (survey methods: document analyses, secondary data analyses).
- Sub-study "Implementation": In sub-study 2, an in-depth insight into the implementation of Erasmus+ in general education schools will be gained by means of a qualitative approach. For this purpose, the functioning and use of Erasmus+ elements such as mobility projects and eTwinning in everyday school life will be examined in more detail (survey method: guided expert interviews).
- Sub-study "School Classroom Processes": In sub-study 3, the impact of Erasmus+-based teaching measures on students and teachers in comparison to normal teaching will be investigated by means of a quantitative approach (survey method: ambulatory assessment).
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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.