Review 2013

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As the funding period for the priority programme "Models of competencies for the assessment of individual learning outcomes and the evaluation of educational processes”  had come to a close, research findings were presented to a larger audience in Frankfurt am Main on October 8, 2013 . Representatives from science, educational policy, administration and practice as well as interested journalists were thus given the opportunity to enter into discussion with the researchers involved in the priority programme


At the beginning of the Educational Policy Forum, an overview of the priority programme was given by Prof. Dr. Detlev Leutner (University of Duisburg-Essen, speaker of the GRF priority research programme). In a subsequent dialogue, Prof. Dr. Andreas Frey (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena) and Prof. Dr. Manfred Prenzel (TU München) presented concerns and issues of the priority programme.

Parallel sessions were held opening a floor for discussions, moderated by tandems of educational researchers and educational administrators. Sessions focused on the following topics:

  • Longitudinal changes in competencies - Prof. Dr. Knut Neumann, Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) and Norbert Maritzen, Institute for Educational Monitoring and Quality Development (IfBQ), Hamburg
  • Feedback of results - Prof. Dr. Johannes Hartig, German Institute for International educational Research (DIPF) and Ulrich Steffens, schools office and teachers’ academy, state of Hesse
  • Technology-based assessment of competencies - Prof. Dr. Frank Goldhammer, DIPF and Dr. Isabella Benischek, Federal Institute for Educational Research, Innovation & Development of schools in Austria (BIFIE)
  • Measuring teacher competencies - Prof. Dr. Tina Seidel, TUM School of Education and Werner Klein, Secretariat of the Standing Conference of Ministers of Cultural Affairs of the Federal States in Germany (KMK)

Finally, a "Science Talk" was held where experts from educational research and educational administration discussed the challenge of assessing/measuring education. This discussion was moderated by Peter Hanack (Frankfurter Rundschau).

To wrap up the research programme on “competencies”, DIPF invited to its first Educational Policy Forum. DIPF, together with the Leibniz Educational Research Network and further partners, intends to hold this event on an annual basis. The forum serves to provide an opportunity for discussing current issues in education. Empirical research can contribute to  coping with respective challenges by action-guided knowledge and information.

Unfortunately, documentation on the Educational Policy Forum is only available in German. Please click here to access our German language website and the German-language documents on the Educational Policy Forum.

If you have any further questions or suggestions, please contact the programme co-ordinator, Ms Juliane Grünkorn (,.


Further training in 2013

A further training course was offered to doctoral students in spring 2013. From March 4,, 2013, until March 7, 2013, and again on Marcj 18 and 19,2013 this event was hosted at DIPF in Frankfurt am Main.

Since the research programme had reached its final stage of funding and many of the doctoral students were close to submitting their thesis, this year’s training course placed an emphasis on “writing”.

For instance, Martha Boeglin ( held a workshop on the topic of how to write a doctoral thesis, focusing on the instruction and training of techniques necessary for the autonomous and efficient preparation of a science thesis.

Ms Boeglin’s course was complemented by a workshop by Miriam Wallraven (University of Tübingen) focusing on “Academic Writing in English”. Here, participants were introduced to particularities of writing in English, e.g. regarding structure, style, language use and structure of arguments.

Jean-Paul Fox (University of Twente) presented a workshop entitled “Introduction to Bayesian Item Response Modeling” focusing on a method. He presented a brief introduction to Bayesian Item Response Modeling in general, outlining and discussing relevant features.