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Project duration 01.08.2022 - 31.01.2023


In December 2022, the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2021 (PIRLS 2021) for Germany will be published. The aim of the accompanying project PIRLS-Transfer is to prepare these results for further development and orientation in school practice as well as in educational administration and to make them usable in a practice-oriented way. In doing so, evidence-based options for effective reading promotion at the primary level are to be presented and clearly prepared for teachers as well as other educational stakeholders. In this way, PIRLS-Transfer aims to contribute to the profitable transfer of scientific results and impulses into active school development and to promote measures to strengthen educational equity.

Project description

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) was conducted for the fifth time in 2021. The analysis focuses on the reading skills and central contextual characteristics of students in the fourth grade. As part of the study, they were asked questions about their motivation to read, their teaching (e.g., reading instruction strategies), their schools (e.g., full- or half-day school), and their families (e.g., family preschool reading support), as well as analyzing broader contexts related to their reading literacy.

Grauer und türkiser Bogen mit darunterliegenden türkis-grauen Schriftzug des Projektnamens IGLU-Transfer 2021 mit geschwungenen Linien

The research project PIRLS-Transfer is linked to the publication of the results of PIRLS 2021 in order to enable an optimal transfer from science to practice. In this way, the research results are to be made available for targeted further development and orientation at schools and educational administration offices.

For this purpose, multimodal transfer products will be produced, which will be made available for use both in print and online. In them, the recent state of research on effective reading promotion measures as well as consecutive options for action to strengthen educational equity are presented in a practical manner. In order to ensure the effectiveness and practical relevance of the handout, these findings will be discussed and further developed with experts from educational practice and administration within the development process of the transfer products.

Following on from this, the project will evaluate the comprehensibility and information content of scientific forms of presentation and communication of study results to teachers in order to be able to improve and expand the transfer from empirical educational research into teaching practice. Further transfer projects can benefit accordingly from these findings.

With PIRLS-Transfer, significant impulses for contemporary school development can be created in cooperation with relevant educational actors and, in addition, an essential connection between scientific research and school practice can be established.

Lead researcher at IFS

Project management

  • Dr. Ulrich Ludewig

Project team

  • Laura Anna Becher

Publication of the results

The results of PIRLS-Transfer are expected to be published in a comprehensive report volume in December 2022.

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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.