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News archive 2015

NEPS painting competition was a huge success

“What is the most important thing that you have learnt so far in your life?” We asked this question to all participants of the National Educational Panel Study as part of our painting competition. The winners were picked following the jury’s decision and a prize draw. The most beautiful pictures now feature in the NEPS calendar of 2016.

NEPS data user number 1,000

The Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) has a reason to celebrate: Not long ago, it passed the mark of 1,000 registered users of NEPS data.

Opening conference of second phase of Priority Programme 1646

On October 1 and 2, 2015, the DFG-funded Priority Programme 1646 “Education as a Lifelong Process. Analyzing Data of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS)” hosted the opening conference of its second funding phase on the premises of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) in Bamberg.

LERN workshop for young researchers held at LIfBi on the use of complex data sets in the field of empirical education research

From September 28 to October 2, 2015, a workshop supported by the Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN) on the use of large data sets from the field of educational research took place at the LIfBi in cooperation with the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), the GESIS–Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences, and the Institute for Educational Quality Improvement (IQB).

Worldwide interest in NEPS data at seven international conferences

Over the past five weeks, the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) appeared at seven internationally relevant scientific conferences with an exhibition booth in order to attract new data users for the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). In this way, more than 20,000 potential users were reached. The presentations in Cyprus (EARLI in Limassol) and the USA (ASA in Chicago) were already reported here. This news focuses on LIfBi presentations in continental Europe for the period between August 20 and September 23, 2015.

2nd Meeting of the LIfBi Scientific Advisory Board

On September 24 and 25, 2015, the 2nd Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) was held in Bamberg. The LIfBi was particularly pleased to welcome Professor Karl Ulrich Mayer (Max Planck Institute for Human Development/Yale University), Professor Kerstin Schneider (University of Wuppertal), and Professor Elsbeth Stern (ETH Zurich; who was unfortunately unable to attend) as new Board members.

NEPS network partner has new Scientific Director

In June 2015, the shareholders’ meeting of the German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies (Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung DZHW) appointed Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-Gans as new Scientific Director. She takes up her work on September 1.

LIfBi presence at 110th ASA Annual Meeting in Chicago

From August 21 to 26, 2015, the 110th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) took place in Chicago, Illinois. Over 4,600 researchers presented nearly 3,000 papers at the conference.

LIfBi at the 16th EARLI Conference

From August 25 to 29, 2015, the 16th conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) took place in Limassol, Cyprus. The Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) presented its work at the conference through contributions by staff members from Bamberg and from the NEPS Network, as well as displaying information at its own exhibition booth.

State Secretary Quennet-Thielen (BMBF) emphasizes importance of LIfBi for the scientifically founded advancement of the education system

On Wednesday, August 19, 2015, Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Roßbach, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), welcomed State Secretary Cornelia Quennet-Thielen from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to Bamberg. Roßbach explained that “the Federal Ministry of Education and Research has emphatically supported the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) since 2008 and has thus provided the field of empirical educational research with an outstanding new instrument.”  
State Secretary Cornelia Quennet-Thielen and Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Roßbach.

LIfBi visits CLOSER in London: introduction and exchange about possibilities of future cooperation

On July 14, 2015, Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Roßbach, Dr. Jutta von Maurice, and Dr. Daniel Fuß met representatives of the program “Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources” (CLOSER) in London in order to exchange views regarding shared objectives and the possibilities of future cooperation.

Strong presence of the LIfBi at ESRA 2015

From July 13 to 17, 2015, the sixth conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) took place at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík, Iceland. Over 700 scientists from 47 different countries participated, including approximately a dozen representatives of the LIfBi in Bamberg and consortium members of the NEPS network. 

Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt voted into Senate of the DFG (German Research Foundation)

For the next four years, the NEPS professor will be the exclusive representative of the field of educational sciences and education research in the Senate of the DFG (German Research Foundation). The Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) cordially congratulates Professor Artelt!

Presentation of APPLES study: Guest lecture by W. Steven Barnett

On July 3, 2015, W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D., Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA), presented the study APPLES (The Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study) at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi). This longitudinal study examines the way in which a change in preschool care system will affect the development of competencies—and hence also the future success in terms of learning and school—of 3- and 4-year-old children in 31 cities throughout New Jersey.

Visit by Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas, Ph.D., and students of West Liberty University, WV

On July 4, 2015, Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas, Ph.D., Director of the Community Education Program at the College of Education at West Liberty University in West Virginia, and a group of students visited the LIfBi to gather information about the National Educational Panel Study. The visit at the LIfBi was part of a 2-week program called "Summer study-abroad" organized by Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas.

Guest lecture at the State Institute of Early Childhood Research (IFP)

On June 29, 2015, Manja Attig and Dr. Christian Lorenz presented the Starting Cohorts 1 “Education From the Very Beginning” and 2 “From Kindergarten to Elementary School” at the invitation of the State Institute of Early Childhood Research (IFP) in Munich.

Classic regression and alternative methods of analysis: Guest lecture by Kai S. Cortina, Ph.D.

On June 18, 2015, Kai S. Cortina, Ph.D., developmental psychologist from the University of Michigan, gave a talk on “Understanding developmental trajectories–Methods of analysis beyond the regression paradigm” at the LIfBi in Bamberg.

Study findings released on „Consequences of the G8 reform“

The authors Prof. Dr. Ulrich Trautwein, Nicolas Hübner, Dr. Wolfgang Wagner, and Dr. Jochen Kramer of the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology at the University of Tübingen used NEPS data to examine academic achievement, well-being, and leisure behavior of school students prior to and after the G8 reform in Baden-Wuerttemberg. The study was presented at a press conference in the local Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs.

LIfBi presents research and service offerings at annual meeting of Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN)

On April 23 and 24, LIfBi presented its work at the annual meeting of the Leibniz Education Research Network. 

Second methods workshop with Prof. Dr. Götz Rohwer

On April 22 and 23, 2015, the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) organized a workshop on the subject of “Theoretical and practical problems of working with NEPS data” led by Prof. Dr. Götz Rohwer, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. 
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