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First findings on school integration of refugees presented at AERA conference


At the conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Toronto at the beginning of April, the team of the LIfBi refugee study “ReGES–Refugees in the German Educational System” presented their research design as well as first findings on the school integration of refugees. The project group also addressed different conditions for the integration of refugees and the use of care facilities for families with preschool children. “Many are concerned with questions about the opportunities of young refugees in their transition to vocational training. We will be able to answer these and other questions with ReGES in the coming years,” says Dr. Jutta von Maurice, Head of the study financed by the German Ministry for Education and Research. In addition, first findings on German-language proficiency of young refugees were discussed during an international session organized by the liaison office “International Cooperation in Education” (ice).

Photo: Accompanying the AERA conference, the third Integration-CAN-D Workshop took place (© Lisa Smith/University of Toronto). 

As in previous years, the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) attended the international AERA conference as an exhibitor. “In addition to the analysis potential of NEPS, our research topics on migration and refugees, the NEPS competency testing and the challenges related to the NEPS starting cohort of newborns also met with great interest,” according to Dr. Roman Auriga, Head of Research Unit Survey Coordination.

From April 5 to 9, 2019, the AERA conference in Toronto was attended by about 14,000 scientists this year. The topic of the world’s largest meeting of educational researches this year was “Leveraging Educational Research in a ‘Post-Truth Era’: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence”.

Accompanying the conference, the third Integration-CAN-D Workshop took place in Toronto as part of a German-Canadian research cooperation on refugee research. The participants presented qualitative and quantitative studies on the integration of refugees in Germany and Canada. The ReGES team of the Leibniz Institute in Bamberg also presented first results on the German competencies of the young people surveyed. The discussion focused on possible differences between young people with a refugee background who have migrated to Germany and Canada. The cooperation is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


Further information:
•    First findings of the ReGES study in the LIfBi Working Paper No. 76 (PDF – German only)
•    Website of the AERA conference 2019
•    Website of the liaison office “International Cooperation in Education” of the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education (DIPF)
•    Website of the research network „CAN-D“