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Individual development and adaptive education of children at risk

Objectives and agenda of a transdisciplinary research centre

Various international student assessment studies during the last decades have demonstrated that the probability of academic failure is dramatically heightened among children with low socio-economic family background and those with a migration background. Additionally, children without risk background factors can equally suffer from the aforementioned learning problems: e.g. will develop learning disabilities and attention problems and have a high probability for academic failure. This seems to indicate that learning disabilities and behavioral problems are not simply a consequence of social risk factors, but are just as likely to develop as a result of risk conditions inherent in the individual.

Taking this as a starting point, a group of scientists from the German Institute for International Educational Research, the Goethe University and the Sigmund-Freud-Institut developed the framework for IDeA - a center for Research on Individual Development and Adaptive Education of Children at Risk. The innovative idea was to combine longitudinal developmental research with experimental studies on educational interventions, and to focus on children with an increased probability for academic failure. In July 2008, the LOEWE Center IDeA was established with some longitudinal studies investigating the social and cognitive factors influencing children's developmental pathways. Today, the center incorporates more than a hundred scientists from various disciplines such as psychology, psycholinguistics, psychoanalysis, neuroscience, linguistics, several didactics, sociology, and educational science.IDeA thus has become a multi-disciplinary joint venture conducting both comprehensive longitudinal studies and cross-sectional focused empirical studies.

Hasselhorn, Marcus; Hartmann, Ulrike; Reuße, Sonja; Gold, Andreas. Individual development and adaptive education of children at risk, in: Emde, Robert N.; Leuzinger-Bohleber, Marianne (eds..). Early parenting and prevention of disorder London: Karnac Books (2014), 215-225

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