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Framework Programme Empirical Educational Research

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Creating knowledge to improve practice in educational institutions and to reform the education system on a scientifically sound basis – that is the goal of the Framework Programme Empirical Educational Research. For this is the only way to optimally promote the educational and participation opportunities of each individual.

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Excellent research for the best possible opportunities

Education determines whether people can lead a self-determined life. It is the prerequisite for children, young people and adults to be able to develop their potential. Therefore, opening up the best possible educational opportunities for every individual – regardless of origin, gender, religious and sexual orientation, disability or social status – is an important socio-political goal.

In order to set the right course for good education for all, we need sound knowledge about the education system. With our support, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is implementing the framework programme on empirical educational research and funding numerous research projects in thematically bundled focal areas. The projects – for example, on educational equity, dealing with heterogeneity in educational institutions, the opportunities and risks of digitalisation in education or quality in education – provide extensive findings about and for the education system as well as for the informal education sector. They develop descriptive, explanatory and change knowledge that enables target-oriented educational policy decisions and can sustainably improve educational practice.

From project funding to public relations work

In the Framework Programme Empirical Educational Research, DLR-PT takes on the classic tasks of project funding. In addition, it explores the research landscape, develops new funding ideas from the fields of action of the Framework Programme and translates these into funding guidelines. To this end, it organises and accompanies expert discussions and other expert hearings and later conducts the review procedures. It coordinates the Framework Programme's accompanying committee work and supports the BMBF in responding to enquiries from the public.
To ensure that the knowledge generated in the Framework Programme can be communicated and thus used by educational practice and policy, among others, DLR-PT is also responsible for accompanying public relations work. It regularly provides information on the activities and results of the Framework Programme on its website and in its newsletter, and it organises events such as the Educational Research Conference.

Thematic Priorities

Through the Framework Programme on Empirical Educational Research, the BMBF, with our support, has established quality-assured project funding in the field of empirical educational research. This has also made German empirical educational research more visible in the international arena. In addition, the transfer of research results to politics and educational practice is being expanded, and important structural goals are being implemented in the field of educational research through appropriate measures – for example in the areas of data storage and use, promotion of young researchers, and national and international networking.

Currently, education researchers are working in various thematic areas of BMBF-funded empirical education research.

Belonging to the First Framework Programme for the Promotion of Empirical Educational Research, one project is currently still being funded in the research area of Linguistic Education and Multilingualism.

Research under the umbrella of the Second Framework Programme for Empirical Educational Research is taking place in the following areas:

  • Digitisation in the education sector - fundamental questions and conditions for success, shaping educational processes
  • Digitisation in cultural education
  • Cultural Education in Rural Areas
  • knowledge transfer in cultural education
  • on sexualised violence in educational contexts
  • Education in early childhood
  • Inclusive Education – Qualification of Professionals, Support-Related Diagnostics
  • Quality in all-day educatio
  • breaking down barriers to education
  • Junior research groups.

The following funding lines have already been announced or are about to be funded:

  • Research on the development of skills for a digitally-shaped world (Digitisation III)
  • Processes of change in educational institutions and related measures of quality assurance and development
  • Language education in the immigration society: developing individual potential and shaping transitions
  • Promotion of projects for cross-border networking and development of project proposals for collaborative projects of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon Europe
  • Strengthening European cooperation in educational research within the framework of the funding programme "The European Innovation Union – German Impulses for the European Research Area (ERA)
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Federal-Countries Initiative "Education through Speech and Writing" (BiSS) and BiSS Transfer
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Language as the key to the world

Enabling children and young people in Germany to receive better and more individualised language, reading and writing support – this is what the Federal-Länder initiative "Education through Language and Writing" (BiSS) and BiSS-Transfer are all about.

In the funded BiSS projects, the researchers examined how effective language, reading and writing promotion methods are and how they can be further developed together with daycare centres and schools. The target group is children and young people with language support needs who have learned German as a first or second language or who have no knowledge of German at all – for example, children and young people from refugee families.

BiSS-Transfer aims at the science-based transfer of BiSS results. In the future, about 2,700 daycare centres and general education schools nationwide will be accompanied and advised in the implementation of their concepts for language education.

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