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Project duration 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2019

StEG - Effects of Extracurricular Activities in Connection with the Curriculum of All-Day Primary Schools

StEG is a nationwide research program investigating the quantitative and qualitative development of all-day education and care in Germany. At the Dortmund location, the effects of extra-curricular learning arrangements that promote reading comprehension are studied in all-day schools as part of an intervention study.

Project description

The aim of the StEG substudy 'Effects of Extracurricular Activities in Connection with the Curriculum of All-Day Primary Schools' is to investigate the necessary conditions and methods for successful extracurricular programming and its impact on learning in the context of all-day schooling.  In addition to the investigation, a model extracurricular learning program to promote reading comprehension is developed.  It is designed to work in conjunction with the curriculum in order to promote an optimal learning structure through the combination of curricular and extracurricular learning. 

Vereinfachte Darstellung eines Steges und schwarzer Schriftzug des Projektnamens StEG Studie zur Entwicklung von Ganztagsschulen

The specific contents and methods of the model program are developed in collaboration with expert practitioners and then implemented and evaluated.  The study is implemented in 15 intervention schools and 15 control schools with a total of 45 learning groups. Effects in the form of subject related achievement gains in reading are analyzed longitudinally with two measurement points, along with individual and contextual influences. To assess these effects, the study uses the results of the VERA comparative test taken by third grade students in the subject of German.  In addition, school principals, parents, teachers, and qualified staff are interviewed. At the center of the analysis are questions relating to: program effectiveness, differential effects, conditions necessary to provide equal opportunities for disadvantaged students, individual and context specific influences that effect the overall impact of the intervention program, as well as effects on teaching practice and extracurricular program offerings. 

Lead researcher at IFS

Project management

  • Dr. Karin Lossen
  • Dipl.-Soz.-Wiss. Katja Tillmann

Project team

  • Frederik Osadnik
  • Karsten Wutschka

External project partners


IFS substudy cooperation partners

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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.