Research & Development

Current Projects

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VeRbinden – including newcomer students in regular classes in Germany

The objective of the project is to identify supportive measures, critical moments, challenges and key factors of the transition process.

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Collection of Methods for
Language-Sensitive Subject Teaching

The objectives of the project is the development of an online tool meant for future and already qualified teachers of all subjects and school forms. It enables the search for and download of free pedagogical-methodical suggestions for language-sensitive lessons.

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search engine for authentic written text samples
(KANSAS)

The goal of KANSAS is to develop, test and evaluate a user-oriented, web-based search engine (KANSAS), which finds authentic written text samples for language based on their individual learning skills and requirements.

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Reading and writing fluency –
conceptualization, assessment and support

The objective of the project is to develop assessment methods and support concepts with respect to reading and writing fluency in secondary school pupils.

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Kinder schreiben an eine Tafel

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Development of an assessment method for writing skills

The project’s objective is to develop a test method able to assess the writing skills of pupils aged 10 to 15 at all types of school.

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Education through Language and Literacy

Education through Language and Literacy (ELaL) is a research and development programme. Within the framework of the programme, the language support, language skills assessment and reading support activities introduced for children and young people in Germany’s federal states will be scientifically reviewed with respect to their effectiveness and efficiency, and then further improved.

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Lesen macht stark - primary schools

Within the framework of Lesen macht stark, the Mercator Institute – in cooperation with the Institut für Qualitätsentwicklung an Schulen in Schleswig-Holstein (IQSH, i.e. the Institute for Quality Development at Schools in Schleswig-Holstein) – is developing material for assessing and supporting reading and writing skills at primary school level.

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