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Project duration 01.02.2011 - 31.01.2016

Schulen im Team - Übergänge gemeinsam gestalten

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.

Project description

Schulen im Team - Übergänge gemeinsam gestalten was a project of the Mercator Foundation and the Institute for School Development Research in cooperation with the Ministry for Schools and Further Education of North Rhine-Westphalia. In the project, eight selected municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia were asked to make the "transition from primary to secondary school" a central field of action and to form and moderate "schools in a team" networks of sending and receiving schools.

Blau-schwarzer Schriftzug des Projektnamens Schulen im Team - Unterricht gemeinsam entwickeln

In the participating municipalities, the Regional Education Office was the coordinating body. It dealt with the topic of transition in the form of a municipal action plan and accompanied and supported the school networks.

The Regional Education Offices as well as the schools in the networks received professional support in the form of advice and training from the Institute for School Development Research and the scientific consortium of the project, consisting of Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos (IFS/ TU Dortmund), Prof. Dr. Silvia-Iris Beutel (TU Dortmund) and Stefanie van Ophuysen (WWU Münster).

The project was scientifically accompanied by the Center for Research on Education and School Development (IFS), whereby the guiding questions of the accompanying scientific research were located both at the level of the Regional Education Offices, as well as at the level of the networks and the individual schools. There were various sub-projects:

  • SiTe - Schulen im Team: Teaching Development through Local Networking in Duisburg and Essen. A project in cooperation with the Mercator Foundation
  • SiT Do - Schulen im Team Dortmund: Unterrichtsentwicklung durch lokale Vernetzung in Dortmund. An extension of the project already tested in Duisburg and Essen since 2007. A project in cooperation with Stiftung Mercator
  • SiT Ü - Schulen im Team - Übergange gemeinsam gestalten. Transition from primary to secondary school as a joint design task

Lead researcher at IFS

Project management

  • PD Dr. Hanna Pfänder (geb. Järvinen)

Project team

  • Norbert Sendzik
  • Johanna Otto
  • Katharina Sartory

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.