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Research at IFS

Past Projects

Project duration: 01.10.2009 - 30.09.2012

Lead researcher at TU Dort­mund

Prof. Dr. Heinz Günter Holtappels

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos

Project description

The aim of the overall European project under the umbrella of the European Science Foundation (ESF) was to further develop the Dynamic Model of Educational Effectiveness (Creemers & Kyriakides, 2008) in order to create a theoretically based and empirically grounded framework for educational policy decisions in the context of school and classroom development and evaluation and to contribute to the improvement of student achievement. The focus of the German sub-project was on identifying the influences of the school and system level on student performance, with particular attention to the school context, compositional effects at the class level and the socio-economic status of the student body.

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Project duration: 01.08.2015 - 31.12.2018

Lead researcher at TU Dort­mund

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.

Project description

“Biss-EvalLesen” is a comprehensive formative and summative evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of reading and diagnostics programs for elementary school children within the overall program “Education through Language and Writing” (BiSS). The design includes recommendations for further development within the program.

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Project duration: 01.10.2008 - 30.09.2014

Lead researcher at TU Dort­mund

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

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This project investigates teachers’ and students’ competences in teaching and learning from texts with integrated (instructional) pictures. After developing competency models for teacher and students, longitudinal studies were conducted in elementary and secondary school.

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Project duration: 01.06.2010 - 31.03.2017

Lead researcher at TU Dort­mund

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.

Project description

“Chance Mirror” is a thematic, indicator-based monographic series for use as an instrument within the school monitoring system. Using four aspects of equality, the report focus is an examination of educational equality of the German school systems in the different states.

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Project duration: 01.04.2020 - 31.12.2020

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

Project description

The study aimed to gain empirical evidence on teaching during the corona pandemic in Germany. In particular, the study focused on the general conditions and effects as well as the experience of teachers during the corona pandemic.

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Project duration: 01.01.2016 - 30.06.2019

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Stephan Hußmann

Prof. Dr. Barbara Welzel

Project description

The Center for Research on Education and School Development (IFS) at TU Dortmund University is responsible for scientific accompanying research of the project DoProfiL. During the scope of this project researchers involved in teacher education as well as higher education at the TU Dortmund work together headed by the Dortmund competence center for teacher training and educational research (DoKoLL) and rectorship. The aim of the scientific accompanying research is to monitor developments in the institutional and individual context for the duration of the project.

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Project duration: 01.05.2017 - 30.06.2021

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

Project description

In this project we develop and validate a test for measuring creative competence among students in secondary school. A special focus is on music.

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Project duration: 01.04.2018 - 30.09.2021

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

Project description

The aim of the proj­ect is the evidence-based optimization of teacher education and train­ing in the context of inclusive education through the development, validation and effectiveness testing of a new in­no­va­ti­ve tool in the context of competence development. Based on the realized approach of Koenig, Lee, Iseli and Wainess (2010), a tool will be developed to promote students of an education program in the area of Classroom Management.

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Project duration: 01.02.2018 - 31.03.2022

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

PD Dr. Rolf Strietholt

Project description

The European Train­ing Network OCCAM is an in­ter­na­tio­nal re­search proj­ect that provides junior sci­en­tists with an in­ter­na­tio­nal, intersectoral, and inter­dis­ci­plin­ary re­search and train­ing environment. The re­search questions encompass the fields of the integrity of educational measures, educational settings and processes, as well as governance of resources and decision making in the area of education.

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Project duration: 01.11.2015 - 31.05.2019

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.

Project description

The project focus is on the development of instruction in a selected subject and a subject-specific theme in one of 29 Ganz In schools, itensifying and continuing the sucessful work over the last many years. Support for the transfer process within and between schools has been increased and tranfers to other schools has been made possible.

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Project duration: 01.12.2013 - 30.04.2017

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Heinz Günter Holtappels

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

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The research examines the conditions and progression of the establishment of “Gemeinschaftsschulen” (a type of comprehensive school in Germany). This includes school development, educational concepts, organizational and pedagogical implementation, teaching training processes in heterogeneous learning groups, development of student competencies, and psychosocial development.

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Project duration: 01.02.2012 - 31.12.2015

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.

Project description

The ICILS 2013 study (International Computer and Information Literacy Study) was the first international comparison to measure information and computer-related competences of young people and to empirically record the school and extracurricular framework conditions for their acquisition.

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Project duration: 01.01.1998 - 01.01.2004

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.

Project description

IGLU-PIRLS is an international comparative study that has examined the reading comprehension of students at the end of fourth grade. In Germany, all federal states participate in this study. IGLU/E is a national extension of IGLU-PIRLS. With IGLU/E, the competencies of pupils in mathematics and science are assessed in twelve federal states in Germany.

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Project duration: 01.01.2004 - 31.12.2008

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.

Project description

Following a decision by the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs on 4 March 2004, Germany again participated in the International Primary School Reading Survey (IGLU-PIRLS) in 2006. IGLU is a study of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). Germany already participated in this international study in 2001, which tested the reading skills of fourth grade students in 45 countries and regions worldwide in 2006.

In addition to IGLU-PIRLS 2006, a national extension study (IGLU-E 2006) took place in Germany, which provided in-depth findings on the school entry phase, all-day schooling, the use of digital media and orthographic skills. In Germany, all 16 federal states with a total of 410 schools participated in IGLU-PIRLS and IGLU-E 2006. The examination took place between 24 April and 2 June 2006.

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Project duration: 01.01.2009 - 31.12.2012

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.

Project description

IGLU 2011 (Internationale Grundschul-Lese-Untersuchung) / PIRLS 2011 (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) is a school achievement study initiated by the IEA (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement).

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Project duration: 01.02.2013 - 08.02.2018

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.

Project description

IGLU/PIRLS is an international comparative study that has examined the reading comprehension of students at the end of fourth grade every five years since 2001. In 2016, Germany participated for the fourth time.

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Project duration: 01.11.2011 - 31.10.2015

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

Project description

In this intervention study at the end of elementary school we investigated the potential of students’ native language (L1; Turkish) for vocabulary acquisition in German (L2). Students learned new vocabulary from context by reading texts, incorporating students’ L1 to different extents.

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Project duration: 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2020

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Michael Becker

Project description

The study ‘Competence Development in Elementary Schools’ (KEGS) tracked competence development of students in the state of Brandenburg across five years in primary school (grades 2 to 6). The primary focus of the enhancement study lies on the role of individual differences in the experiences and behaviour of the students regarding their academic achievements and decisions regarding their educational careers.

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Project duration: 01.01.2015 - 31.03.2018

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.

Project description

The project Schule digital – der Länderindikator is an in-depth state comparison study of the use of digital media in the German school system. Included in the study is a yearly teachers’ survey with a different thematic focus each year. 

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Project duration: 01.05.2021 - 30.04.2022

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

PD Dr. Ramona Lorenz

Project description

The study Schule digital der Länderindikator 2021 is a follow-up to the potential of the 2015 to 2017 conducted Länderindikators, which examined digitization in the German school system in a comparison between the German federal states.

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Project duration: 01.09.2016 - 31.12.2019

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

Project description

Focusing reading literacy LeseDif analyses to what extent strengths and weaknesses of children who are socially disadvantaged and those with migration backgrounds are being influenced by (a) motivational characteristics of the learners and (b) quantitative and qualitative characteristics of instruction.

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Project duration: 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2020

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Michael Becker

Project description

Individual and social impact factors on the development of reading literacy, reading motivation and reading behaviour in the period from third to sixth form are analysed within the framework of a longitudinal study.

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Project duration: 01.03.2016 - 31.07.2020

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Michael Becker

Project description

The project addresses the development of social disparities throughout the course of secondary education. More precisely, primary (performance-related) and secondary (non-performance-related) social background effects are comparatively analysed at the four educational transition points after elementary school: after the so called observation level, after lower secondary level, and at the end of upper secondary level. The project studies how primary and secondary effects cumulate also as a function of school-track specific learning environments across the mentioned junctures in the educational career. Moreover, it examines how changes in the educational demand between LAU and KESS relate to the development of inequality patterns.

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Project duration: 01.04.2016 - 31.01.2019

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

Project description

In this project we investigate the influence of favorable motivational conditions on motivation and acquisition of competence in music. In an experimental approach, the influence of a motivation-oriented teaching on motivational orientations on the one hand and the acquisition of musical competencies on the other is investigated.

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Project description: 01.01.2014 - 30.09.2020

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Heinz Günter Holtappels i. R.

Project description

Developing Potential – Strengthening Schools was a joint project of the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Institute for School Development Research at the TU Dortmund University. It was carried out in cooperation with the Quality and Support Agency - State Institute for Schools NRW and funded by the Mercator Foundation.

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Project duration: 01.10.2010 - 31.12.2015

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

Project description

The overall aim of the study is to investigate the effectiveness of including the (Turkish) family language to promote vocabulary in German. A particular focus is also on correlation analyses between students' own and perceived parental values and reading frequency on reading comprehension.

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Project duration: 01.11.2011 - 31.03.2015

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

Project description

The central aim of the project is the analysis of mechanisms that can contribute to improving educational opportunities, especially for children from immigrant backgrounds. Self-efficacy beliefs are a key factor in educational and learning processes.

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Project duration: 01.02.2011 - 31.01.2016

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.

Project description

The project examined the organisation of the transition from primary to secondary school and tested possibilities for anchoring transition strategies as a joint responsibility of the educational actors in a region. For this purpose, 29 local networks of more than 160 sending and receiving schools were formed in eight model municipalities. The school networks were to develop innovative (problem-solving) strategies that were linked to the specific needs of the participating network schools. The municipalities and the participating schools received support from a scientific consortium and the IFS, which also took on a coordinating function within the framework of the project.

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Project duration: 01.11.2013 - 31.12.2016

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

Project description

Language and Gender investigates possible differences in the quality of vocabulary knowledge of girls and boys. Using empirical analysis, presumed advantages girls have with words with female connotations and boys with words with male connotations will be investigated.

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Project duration: 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2019

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Heinz Günter Holtappels i. R.

Project description

StEG is a nationwide research program investigating the quantitative and qualitative development of all-day education and care in Germany. At the Dortmund location, the effects of extra-curricular learning arrangements that promote reading comprehension are studied in all-day schools as part of an intervention study.

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Project duration: 01.01.2012 - 31.12.2015

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Heinz Günter Holtappels i. R.

Project description

The research team of the "Study on the Development of All-day Schools - StEG" presents the report "All-day School 2012/2013". It is the result of a nationally representative online survey of 1,300 heads of schools with all-day programmes. You can download the entire report here

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Project duration: 01.01.2012 - 31.12.2014

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

Project description

The project was focused on systematically testing the test fairness of reading test items from the major school performance surveys for groups of students who differ on the basis of the characteristics (a) gender, (b) social situation, (c) migration status and (d) school form attendance. There was also a special focus on comparing different methods that can be used in this context.

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Project duration: 01.02.2018 - 01.12.2018

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

Project description

The TiL-study addresses the research question if primary school aged girls’ and boys’ interest in texts is related to different factors. Therefore, we investigated whether interest in texts depend on students’ gender and various text characteristics like text genre.

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Project duration: 01.01.2006 - 31.12.2008

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.

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With TIMSS 2007, Germany participated for the first time in a baseline international comparison of fourth grade students in mathematics and science.

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Project duration: 01.01.2009 - 31.12.2012

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.

Project description

TIMSS is an international comparative school achievement study. It focuses on the mathematical and scientific competencies of pupils in different grades. With the 2011 study, Germany participated in TIMSS for the second time with students in the fourth grade.

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Project duration: 01.02.2012 - 28.02.2017

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.

Project description

TIMSS is an international comparative school achievement survey. It focuses on the mathematical and scientific competencies of pupils in different grades. With the 2015 study, Germany participated in TIMSS for the third time with students in the fourth grade.

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Project duration: 01.03.2017 - 31.12.2020

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany

Project description

TIMSS is an international comparative school assessment of mathematics and science competencies, comparing elementary school students’ competencies internationally and describing long-term trends in the German and other educational systems. Focus of the joint research project at IFS is the assessment of instructional quality in fourth grade.

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Project duration: 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2020

Lead researcher at TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Michael Becker

Project description

"Tradition and Innovation: Developmental processes at non-academic track secondary schools in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Saxony" (TRAIN) is a study that focuses on the academic development of students in secondary schools in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Saxony.

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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.