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Project duration 01.08.2015 - 31.12.2018

BiSS-EvalLesen - Evaluation of Approaches and Methods of Multidisciplinary Reading Promotion in Primary Education

“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.

Project description

The project “BiSS-EvalLesen” is a comprehensive formative and summative evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of the reading and diagnostics programs for elementary school children within the federal-state initiative “Education through Language and Writing” (BiSS). BiSS implements concepts and methods to promote language education of children and adolescents in over 100 educational institutions.

Buntes Logo und dunkelblauer Schriftzug des Projektnamens BiSS Bildung durch Sprache und Schrift

In this effort schools and partner institutions join together in working groups to work on various aspects of language education. BiSS-EvalLesen specifically evaluates those partnerships dealing with interdisciplinary reading promotion at the elementary school level. 

The implementation of the diagnostic and support frameworks of the six specific working groups are systematically evaluated through questionnaires, interviews, testing data, analysis of instructional material, and video analysis of classroom instruction. The evaluation of progress and development takes into account the self-defined aims and goals of the respective working group, and systematically publishes results on: (1) Development, (2) Implementation, and (3) Quality of Measures. These results are made available to the schools participating in BiSS. In a longitudinal design, participating children are compared with a control group across one grade. BiSS schools are also arranged within the national comparison of the IQB. 

Overall, BiSS-EvalLesen supports the further development of the design, structure, and implementation of the evaluated measures, and assists in making accessible knowledge and experience in order to further support measures promoting language and reading education. 

Lead researcher at IFS

Project management

  • Dr. Franziska Schwabe

Project team

  • Jennifer Igler
  • PD Dr. phil. habil. Miriam M. Gebauer
  • Dr. Annika Ohle-Peters
  • Theresa Schlitter

External project partners

  • Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller (Leibniz-Institut für die Pädagogik der Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik)
  • Annika Teerling (Leibniz-Institut für die Pädagogik der Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik)

Publication of the results

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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.