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Department of Educational Sciences and Psychology
Project duration 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2020

Tradition and Innovation: Developmental processes at non-academic track secondary schools in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Saxony

"Tradition and Innovation: Developmental processes at non-academic track secondary schools in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Saxony" (TRAIN) is a study that focuses on the academic development of students in secondary schools in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Saxony.

Financed by own funds.

Project description

Von links nach rechts größer werdende, vertikale Balken und darunterliegender blau-grüner Schriftzug des Projektnamens TRAIN

TRAIN is conducted by the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology at the University of Tübingen. The Department for Educational Governance at DIPF is a co-operating partner of this study, which focuses on the academic development of students. in different non-academic secondary school tracks (Hauptschule and Realschule in Baden-Wuerttemberg respectively Mittelschule in Saxony). The study thus allows for a comparison of two differently structured education systems (one non-academic track resp. two tracks) that are equally successful in national comparisons.

TRAIN is designed as a multi-cohort longitudinal study analyzing the development of academic achievement as well as achievement-related outcomes such as motivation and well-being throughout lower secondary education. In particular, the study focuses on the influence of different learning environments on these outcomes. TRAIN has assessed student achievement in German, Mathematics and English. Furthermore, students as well as parents, teachers and school leaders were asked about conditions of learning and learning outcomes.

In doing so, the study addresses the following questions:

  • What school, family and individual conditions are best suited to improve students’ learning?
  • How do different types of secondary school deal with strengths and weaknesses of their student population?
  • How well are school graduates prepared for the labour market?
  • Given difficult circumstances, how does successful teaching work?

Further information

Lead researcher at IFS

External project partners