Research & Development

Current Projects

The Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education researches and develops concepts, instruments and measures for language education in a variety of projects. The institute follows a benefit-inspired and applied understanding of research and conducts research on current and socially relevant issues of language education from nursery school to the point of transition into work. The project teams use both qualitative and quantitative methods and are interdisciplinary. On this page you will find information about current research and development projects of the institute.

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Language Development of newly immigrated students
in Mainstream Education

The aim of the project is to analyze the linguistic development of newly immigrated students in the school language German, the foreign language English, and the first language Russian and to what extent their linguistic competencies are interlingually related.

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SchuMaS
Schule macht stark

The overall goal of the "Schule macht stark" initiative is to improve the educational opportunities of socially disadvantaged schoolchildren. The Mercator Institute, together with its partners, is focusing on a sub-project in the field of teaching development. It supports the teachers of participating schools, helping them plan and conduct their lessons such that all pupils can achieve basic standards of literacy and numeracy.

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BiSS-Transfer
Transfer of Language Education, Reading and Writing Support

The initiative’s objective is the science-based transfer of concepts for language education, reading and writing support in up to 2700 schools and nurseries in Germany.

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Research network (Forschungsnetzwerk BiSS-Transfer)

The aim of the research network ("Forschungsnetzwerk BiSS-Transfer") is to gain reliable insights into how scientifically evaluated measures to promote language education can be successfully transferred into schools and which conditions should be in place for them to best exert impact on the various levels of the education system.

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COMeIN
Communities of Practice NRW for Innovative Teacher Education

The aim of the overall project is to promote digital competences of teachers. The research groups of the Mercator Institute and Bielefeld University focus in this regard on the promotion of digital skills in the context of teaching German as a second language and Content and Language Integrated Learning.

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EdToolS
Implementation of digital writing tools in subject-matter instruction in secondary education

The project aims to investigate the implementation of digital writing tools in subject-matter instruction. Empirically based results should help pupils to use these tools effectively to produce texts.

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Development of a reference vocabulary for schools

The project aims to develop and provide an annotated vocabulary, that is based on linguistics and language teaching realized as web-based application – and to which the target groups can relate their questions in order to gain founded vocabulary for the grades 1 to 10.

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COLD
Competencies of school teachers and adult educators in teaching German as a second language in linguistically diverse classrooms

The aim of the project is to examine the professional competencies of teachers in school and adult education who teach German as a second language in linguistically heterogeneous learning groups.

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The effectiveness of integrated strategies in classrooms

The project will conduct a systematic narrative review of integrated strategies in classrooms at the primary and secondary levels.

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R/EQUAL
Requalification of (recently) immigrated refugee teachers in Europe

The project aims to make open-access-material for further qualification for (newly) immigrated and refugee teachers available to European higher education institutions.

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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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KANSAS
search engine for authentic written text samples

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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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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