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Research Data Centre for Education (FDZ Bildung)

The Research Data Centre for Education (Forschungsdatenzentrum (FDZ) Bildung) promotes the scientific re-usage of research data in educational research. The Database for School Quality (Datenbank zur Qualität von Schule – DaQs) is part of its portfolio.

Research Data Centre for Education (FDZ Bildung)

Compliant with legal stipulations, the Research Data Centre for Education (Forschungsdatenzentrum (FDZ) Bildung) offers quality-assured access to research data from educational research. It is a central adress for educationalists and educational researchers with regard to the archiving and provision of research data and instruments from qualitative and quantitative research. Relevant datasets and instruments for secondary usage are provided in compliance with data protection requirements in a central repository, together with contextual information on the respective studies and corresponding publications. Assessment instruments from quantitative educational research (questionnaires, scales, and tests) are documented and available in the Database for School Quality (Datenbank zur Qualität von Schule, DaQS).

Database for School Quality (Datenbank zur Qualität von Schule – DaQs)

DaQS aims to enforce scientific exchange on instruments and promote the distribution of instruments that have already been used. Therefore, full-text scales can be inspected, and they are documented together with information about their validity. Re-usage requires adherence to guidelines for good practice in science, i. e. copyright citation (in analogy to bibliographical citation). The service is openly accessible and free of charge. However, test instruments are accessible in a protected environment.

The database offers:

  • Differentiated information respectively framework data on studies, e. g.
    - Study on the Development of All-day Schools (StEG);
    - Assessment of Student Achievements in German and English as a Foreign Language
    - Pythagoras: Instructional quality, learning behaviour and mathematical understanding;
    - Student Competencies and Attitudes
    - PISA - Programme for International Student Assessment (2000, 2003)
    - PIRLS: Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (2001, 2006)
  • A comprehensive documentation of assessment instruments (including descriptive metadata, full texts of items, references, statistical parameters);
  • Concrete insights into vintage questionnaires;
  • Comprehensive search options – query for instruments at study,scale and item level;

The database offers support to the process of research in the fields of theory building, planning of assessments, operationalisation and documentation.

last modified Sep 07, 2017