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Project duration 01.03.2016 - 31.07.2020

MILES-HuGS - Methodological Issues in Longitudinal Educational Studies

The project examines social disparities in educational success.

Project description

Primary and Secondary Social Background Effects at Different Points of Transition in the Education System Throughout the Course of Secondary Education (MILES-HuGS) is one of five research projects funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG) in the research network Methodological Issues in Longitudinal Educational Studies (MILES), which is coordinated at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel under the management of Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller.

Grüner Schriftzug des Projektnamens MILES-HuGS

Within the scope of MILES, comprehensive data from the two Hamburg longitudinal studies LAU (Aspekte der Lernausgangslage und Lernentwicklung – Aspects of Learning Background and Learning Development) and KESS (Kompetenzen und Einstellungen von Schülerinnen und Schülern – Competencies and Attitudes of Students), are reanalysed with the objective to work in depth on different methodological and substantial aspects that are relevant in longitudinal educational research. The project MILES-HuGS focuses on social disparities in educational success.

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.

Further information

Lead researcher at IFS

Project team

  • Dr. Jan Scharf (DIPF | Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsforschung und Bildungsinformation, Frankfurt a. M./Berlin)

External project partners

  • Dr. Marko Neumann und Prof. Dr. Kai Maaz (DIPF | Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsforschung und Bildungsinformation, Frankfurt a. M./Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller (Leibniz-Institut für die Pädagogik der Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik (IPN, Kiel))

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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.