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Education Through Language and Writing

Education through Language and Writing (Bildung durch Sprache und Schrift BiSS) is a five-year research and development programme, in which groups of child day care centers and schools work together closely in order to exchange their experiences and to implement co-ordinated language education measures.

Project description

In this process, the language education of children and youths will be scientifically assessed together with respective measures introduced by the federal states to promote language, reading skills, and their diagnosis, which will be evaluated and further refined regarding their  effectiveness and efficiency.  In addition, the programme supports the necessary further education and continuing qualification of child care personnel and teachers.

BiSS is a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - BMBF), the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend - BMFSFJ) as well as the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (Kultusministerkonferenz - KMK) and the Conference of the Ministers of the Länder for Youth and Family Affairs (Konferenz der Jugend- und Familienminister - JFMK). The Mercator-Institute for the Promotion of Language Learning and German as a Second Language (Mercator-Institut für Sprachförderung und Deutsch als Zweitsprache) together with the research domain Intercultural Learning of the University of Cologne, the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) and the Humboldt-University in Berlin in co-operation with the Institute for Quality Development in Education (IQB) as responsible consortium take on the scientific organisation and overall co-ordination of the programme.

At DIPF the Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn, is the responsible member of the consortium. The tasks of the DIPF within the consortium include consultancy with regard to content in elementary education, setting up an information and communication platform as well as management and further development of toolboxes: therein,  information on the diagnostic instruments and supportive measures (tools) used is made available to the participating groups on a central server. The Department for Education and Human Development and the Information Center for Education co-operate in this process. At DIPF, the overall co-ordination of these tasks rests with Dr. Cora Titz; Dr. Chantal Rietz is a scientific staff member. Axel Kühnlenz co-ordinates the set-up of the information system, Dr. Christian Richter is the system administrator; Christine Schuster is responsible for the editorial side of the platform.

The information and communication platform is available since spring 2014 (http://biss-sprachbildung.de).

Project management

Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn

Project team

Project Details

Current projects
Project type: Interdepartmental projects
04/2013 – 12/2017
External funding
Department: Education and Human Development
Contact: Dr. Cora Titz, Academic staff
last modified Aug 02, 2017