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Project duration 01.10.2009 - 30.09.2012

A Dynamic Effective Knowledge Base for Quality in Education. European Collaborative Research Project

In the ADDITION project (A Dynamic Effective Knowledge Base for Quality in Education), researchers have investigated the influence of system-level aspects (e.g. educational policy decisions) on school and class level and on students' mathematics and science achievement. They have also investigated the influence of school and classroom level aspects on students' mathematics and science achievement.

Project description

Grüner Schriftzug des Projektnamens Addition

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. Following the Dynamic Model, the influences of pupil, class, school and system levels on pupil performance in primary schools were examined in a longitudinal design over two measurement points using multi-level analysis.

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. In view of the still strong link between the socio-economic status of pupils and their school performance in Germany, an urgent need for research was identified.

The longitudinal design of this study made it possible to look at learning gains between the measurement points and also to compare them between the six participating countries. Consequently, it was also possible to analyse country-specific reasons for different learning gains depending on various aspects at system and school level.


Grafik zur Veranschaulichung von den Forschungsschwerpunkten der Forschungspartner zum Erhalt einer dynamischen und effektiven Wissensbasis für Qualität im Bildungswesen

Lead researcher at IFS

Project management

  • PD Dr. Michael Pfeifer

Project team

  • Mario Vennemann
  • Dr. Katja Scharenberg
  • Nadine Lüpschen
  • Nina Dickmann

External project partners

International project management

  • Prof. Dr. Bert P. M. Creemers (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
  • Prof. Dr. Leonidas Kyriakides (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)

International project partners

  • Prof. Dr. Jan Van Damme (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
  • Dr. Galini Rekalidou (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece)
  • Prof. Loukia Beze (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece)
  • Prof. Dr. Emer Smyth (The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland)
  • Dr. Darko Zupanc (National Examinations Centre, Ljubljana, Sloven)
  • Dr. Gašper Cankar (National Examinations Centre, Ljubljana, Sloven)

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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.