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Hector – Formative Evaluation of Hector Children’s Academies

Hector – Formative Evaluation of Hector Children’s Academies

Hector-children’s academies are extracurricular institutions that offer support to particularly gifted children under the age of ten; they endorse a holistic approach. The aim of the evaluation project is to determine whether the individual children's acadamies achieve the desired effects in the development of the children.

Project description

With the aim of advancing gifted people, the Hector Foundation II, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, intends to set up children’s academies across Baden-Wuerttemberg and to secure their existence in a financially sustainable way. Children’s academies are extracurricular institutions that offer support to particularly gifted children under the age of ten; they endorse a holistic approach. One of the important objectives of theacademies concerns the acquisition of an adequate self concept. Furthermore, the academies are meant to promote self-regulatory skills and social competence, and foster the development of specific disciplinary competencies and general cognitive key qualifications. Moreover, the academies are designed to spark an interest in learning, and increase (achievement-related) motivation.

The project “Formative evaluation of Hector children’s academies“ at DIPF cooperates with the University of Tübingen. Scientific monitoring of the academies focuses on assessing whether the individual academies actually succeed in reaching the desired effects on the children’s development, and if the support children receive while attending an academy leads to more positive effects, as compared to a control group of children who do not participate in the programme.

Research questions

  • Do the diverse promotional measures differ with respect to their impact on achievement, motivation, development of interests, school-related behaviour, satisfaction etc.?
  • What can be stated about the long-term development of participants in the Hector academies, as compared to a control group?
  • Who attends (or does not attend) the Hector children’s academies?
  • What happens (or would happen) if the support programmes were integrated into regular classroom instruction?
  • What is the relevance and role of teachers in the context of promoting giftedness?

Funding

Hector Stiftung II - Logo

Co-operations

University of Tübingen, Institute of Education

Further Information

Website: IDeA Center

Project management

Project team

Project details

State:
Current projects
Duration:
2010 - 2018
Funding:
External funding
Research topics:
Department: Department of Education and Human Development
Contact: Hanna Beißert
last modified Nov 27, 2015