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Project duration 01.06.2010 - 31.03.2017

Chance Mirror

“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.

Project description

Dunkelblauer Schriftzug und darunterliegende, bunte Quadrate, des Projektnamens Chancenspiegel

The project "Chance Mirror" compares the equality of school systems within Germany based on four theory-extracted principles of equality: integration capacity, transparency, competence promotion, and issuing of certificates. In this way, "Chance Mirror" functions as a problem-focused, indicator-based instruments of the school monitoring system. Objectives are the broadening of perspectives within educational research in the category of equal opportunity, as well as the empirical description of equality within German school systems.

An overall assessment of findings from studies published to date reveals that equal opportunity with the school systems has only been partially realized.

Derived out of a synthesis of educational theory and theories of equality, “Chance Mirror” provides the following systemic definition of equal opportunity, which should be understood as a minimum requirement:

“Chance Mirror” understands equal-opportunity as the fair chance to freely participate in society as guaranteed by an equitable school institution in which students experience no additional disadvantages due to their social and natural characteristics, and promotes empowerment through mutual recognition and respect of everyone involved.

Data sources are the Federal Statistical Office and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK), as well as results from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). Based on the dates, for indicators of equality are operationalized for an empirical school monitoring.

In addition, the reports each contain a chapter on thematic focal points, in the context of which qualitative methods of empirical social research are also used. Here, the focus is increasingly placed on the programmatic and institutional priorities and development of the school systems. So far, the topics of language support, all-day development and regional disparities have been dealt with.

The fourth edition of the Chancenspiegel project, which will be published at the beginning of 2017, will take stock of the development of school systems in the German Länder in the post-PISA period. The indicators operationalising the equity dimensions will be presented as time series for the first time.

Project description

Project management

  • Björn Hermstein

External project partners

  • Prof. Dr. Nils Berkemeyer (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
  • Sonja Abendroth (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)

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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.