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Shaping our future together: Education in Germany and Kazakhstan


23.03.2017 – On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of German-Kazakh diplomatic relations, Dr. Annika Ohle visited the educational conference "Together to shape our future: education in Germany and Kazakhstan" in Astana, Kazakhstan. In addition to a presentation on "Situation and challenges in the German school system" intensive exchange supported the bilateral relations successfully.


New edited volume on integration of refugee minors


22.03.2017 – The edited volume Settling in the Schools – Chances and Challenges during the Integration Process of Refugee Minors presents a collection of contributions from scientists and practitioners on the integration of refugee minors in the German school system, dealing with diverse topics such as integration in the classroom, fostering of language acquisition and support for traumatized children. In addition, experts from education administration, politics, research and practice give their assessment of the current situation.


IFS at the 5th GEBF - meeting


20.03.2017 – As part of the fifth meeting of the Society for Empirical Educational Research in Heidelberg March, 12th-15th 2017, the IFS was strongly represented. Researchers from all research areas of the IFS were successfully involved through individual contributions and various symposia under the overall theme of the conference "Mastering societal challenges through education".


Continuation and expansion of international cooperation with CRESST in the US


10.03.2017 – In a third stay by Professor McElvany as Visiting Researcher at the University of California's National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST) in Los Angeles, scientific exchange and cooperation between researchers from both institutions were further strengthened. As a result, a research project „Instruction in diverse classrooms: Teacher education and assessment through complex simulations“, is launched at IFS, which designs a simulation-based online tool for teacher training and examines its effectiveness.

UCLA - National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST):


Chancenspiegel - On equal opportunities and efficiency of the german school systems


01.03.2017 – As a tool for monitoring school systems that is based on data and focused on equal opportunities, the Chancenspiegel draws the attention of scholars and the public to a key social policy goal: reducing institutionally rooted educational inequality. This final edition of the report series examines the development trends of the school systems in Germany since the first PISA survey. The statistical time series sometimes demonstrate considerable developmental differences between the school systems of individual Federal States, but it also reflects trends at the federal level.


New practical handbook „Integration of Newly Immigrated Children and Adolescents without Knowledge of German. Opportunities, Challenges and Perspectives“ published


07.12.2016 – The practical handbook reports on experiences and conditions of successful dealing with immigrated pupils of 13 Ganz In-schools, who have no knowledge of German. Organizational and legal framework conditions are discussed as well as possible obstacles. This practical handbook provides hints and comments of teachers concerning school organization, teaching and social integration. These practical solutions are developed on the basis of practice and can function as tools in further practice.


Results from TIMSS 2015 published


23.11.2016 – In 2015 Germany participated for the third time in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS 2015). The results from TIMSS 2015 have been published at a press conference in Berlin at 11 a.m. on November 29, 2016. Materials for this press conference and further information on the study are available from the following website:


Länderindikator 2016 has been published


23.11.2016 – The representative study Länderindikator 2016 provides the second cycle of findings on media education in the German school system. This educational monitoring represents the status quo of the implementation of digital media in teaching and learning processes in schools for all 16 federal states, which allows for specific impetus for school development in each state. Considering the domains of schools’ equipment with digital media, instructional use of digital media as well as fostering students’ media-related competencies, developments since the Länderindikator 2015 can be revealed. Moreover, the Länderindikator 2016 introduces teachers’ media-related competencies as a new focus.


The 19th annual of school development has been published


23.11.2016 – The new annual of school development (in German) compiles papers on experimental, cross-sectional, and longitudinal studies that address some of the most significant areas in school research. The respective studies deal with institutional effects, different actors, and the life course of children. A particular focus is educational inequality.
For more information: https://www.beltz.de/de/fachmedien/paedagogik/buecher/produkt_produktdetails/33470-jahrbuch_der_schulentwicklung_band_19.html


1st Dortmund education dialogue encourages to interdisciplinary exchange


19.10.2016 – "To be well received in schools - chances and challenges for integration of young refugees"
On September 29th 2016 participants from educational praxis, administration, politics and research on education met to investigate supporting possibilities for integration of young refugees. Three thematically focused kick-off speeches were presented additional to a panel discussion with Minister Sylvia Löhrmann. Participants highlighted the thematically variance and successful shift between science and practical perspectives.


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