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Invitation and Call for Papers

16th Annual Conference of the Commission for Teaching and Research into Primary Education of the German Association for Education (DGfE): Lack of Equal Opportunities in Primary Education:  Causes and Possible Solutions

Berlin, Germany, 24. – 26. Sept. 2007



Call for Papers

16th Annual Conference of the Commission for Teaching and Research into Primary Education of the German Association for Education

It is our pleasure to invite proposals for the 16th Annual Conference of the Commission for Teach­ing and Research into Primary Education (Kommission “Grundschulforschung und Pädagogik der Primarstufe”) of the German Association for Education (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft – DGfE).

The conference will be held at the Freie Universitaet Berlin in Berlin, Germany, September 24 - 26, 2007.

This international conference is essential for all practitioners and researchers with an interest in primary education. It is open to the general public.


Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2007. Proposals for contributions are welcome from all par­ticipants. Presentation formats are papers of 20 minutes length maximum (for the parallel work­shops) and posters. Please use the online form to submit an abstract (max. 250 words) on this site.

For further information, please contact CTW – Congress Organisation Thomas Wiese GmbH,  Tel. +49-30-85 99 62 29, E-Mail: grundschulforschung2007@ctw-congress.de

The situation within the primary education system in Germany is precarious: In no other comparable European country are social background and educational opportunities so intertwined as in Ger­many. The PIRLS-Study and other similar studies have recently drawn attention to the fact that by the end of the term of primary education, future educational opportunities are in most cases preordained – to a large extent affected by the social background the children are from. For the education system of a democratic society this is an intolerable state of affairs. This conference aims to clarify the situation.

We are very pleased to be able to offer you an attractive programme: The primary education sys­tem will be analysed in the context of far reaching economic and social changes. There will be five plenary talks given by leading researchers in the field of education, some of them in English. In addition we offer workshops dealing with ten different topics, carried out in parallel ses­sions and led by specialists in the respective fields. The aim of the conference is to come to con­clusions and produce results, which could then be implemented in further empirical research in the field of education, and which could also be applied to political, teaching and methodological deci­sions for primary schools.

We would like to invite all educational researchers to present their own research in one of the workshops or in a poster presentation, thus enriching the conference. We wish to explicitly include all junior researchers in this invitation.

The language of discussion will be mainly German, but papers and contributions in English lan­guage are very welcome as nearly all participants speak English as well.

IMPORTANT/ Addendum to agenda

Before the start of the conference on Monday, 24.9.2007 from 8.00 to 13.00, participants have the opportunity to visit selected Berlin primary schools. We are pleased to offer you this school visit programme in cooperation with the "SERVICEAGENTUR GANZTÄGIG LERNEN". The majority of the schools is situated in inner city destricts with challenging social conditions. Since  places are limited we suggest that you enroll early if you are interested. You can apply for the school visits via the registration form on this website.




Monday, 24 September 2007

14.00 – 14.30 Welcome address
14.30 – 15.30

Opening key note speech: The importance of educational research for knowledge- based decisions taken by educational policy makers.

Dr. Stefan Luther (Bundesministerium für Bildung u. Forschung)

15.00 – 16.00

Plenary speech: Forty Years of Unequal Opportunities in the Primary School – No Hope for Change?

Prof. Dr. Klaus Klemm (University of Essen)

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break and Poster presentations
16.40 – 18.30 Parallel workshops 1-10
19.30 – 20.30

Reception at Rotes Rathaus, Berlin

Eckart R. Schlemm (State Secretary)



Tuesday, 25 September 2007

09.00 – 09.45 Plenary speech:  What do education programmes achieve? Current research into the situation of immigrant children in Germany.

Prof. Dr. Ursula Neumann (University of Hamburg)

10.00 – 12.50 Parallel workshops 1-10
12.50 – 14.10 Lunch break
14.15 – 15.15 Plenary speech (in English): Total immersion or bi-lingual education? The state-of-the-art in international re­search on promoting migrant children in the primary school.

Prof. Dr. Jim Cummins (University of Toronto)

15.30 – 16.40 Parallel workshops 1-10
16.40 – 17.00 Coffee break
17.00 – 18.00 Plenary speech (in English): The problem of inner urban education and educational inequality – the English experience.

Prof. Dr. Colin Richards (University of Cumbria)

18.15 – 23.00  Optional boat trip (guided tour through the city by boat, including dinner)



Wednesday, 26 September 2007

09.00 – 10.30 Meeting for DGfE-members / Meeting for young academics
10.30 – 12.20 Parallel workshops 1-10
12.45 – 13.30 Plenary speech: Creating equal opportunities – new goals for research, new perspectives in teaching.

Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Arnold (University of Hildesheim)

13.30 Concluding remarks



Parallel workshops

Workshop 1

Research on socialization focussing on research into poverty
(Opening statement: Prof. Dr. Gerd Iben, University of Frankfurt)

Workshop 2

Research on childhood and schooling of immigrant children
(Opening statement: Prof. Dr. Agi Schründer-Lenzen, University of Potsdam)

Workshop 3

Didactics for primary education: how to handle heterogeneity
(Opening statement: Prof. Dr. Friederike Heinzel, University of Kassel)

Workshop 4

Qualitative research on teaching: Research into best practice
(Opening statement: Prof. Dr. Ursula Carle, University of Bremen)

Workshop 5

A didactic approach: compensating for the difficulties encountered by disadvantaged children in primary education – subject area Language (German)
(Opening statement: Prof. Dr. Petra Wieler, Freie Universität Berlin)

Workshop 6

A didactic approach: compensating for the difficulties encountered by disadvantaged children in primary education – subject area Mathematics
(Opening statement: Prof. Dr. Uwe Gellert, Freie Universität Berlin)

Workshop 7

A didactic approach: compensating for the difficulties encountered by disadvantaged children in primary education – subject area Early Science Education (Sachunterricht)
(Opening statement: Prof. Dr. Andreas Hartinger, University of Augsburg)

Workshop 8

A didactic approach: compensating for the difficulties encountered by disadvantaged children in primary education – subject area Music and Arts (musisch-ästhetische Erziehung)
(Opening statement: Prof. Dr. Constanze Rora, University of Leipzig)

Workshop 9

Research on educational professions and advancement of professionalism (Opening statement: Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Neubert, Freie Universität Berlin)

Workshop 10

From pre-school to primary educationl: research on transition processes (Opening Statement: Prof. Dr. Argyro Panagiotopoulou)



General Information

Arbeitsstelle Bildungsforschung Primarstufe an der Freien Universität Berlin
Prof. Dr. Jörg Ramseger
DGfE-Kommission „Grundschulforschung und Pädagogik der Primarstufe“

Contact for the academic programme:
Dr. Matthea Wagener
Tel.: +49-30-83855406
Fax: +49-30-83855413
E-Mail: grundschulforschung2007@ctw-congress.de

Organisation and Conference Booking
CTW – Congress Organisation Thomas Wiese GmbH
Hohenzollerndamm 125
14199 Berlin
Tel.: +49-30-85996229
Fax: +49-30-85079826
E-Mail: grundschulforschung2007@ctw-congress.de
Website: www.fu-berlin.de/grundschulforschung2007

Submission of abstracts: 15.05.2007
Concessions for early bookings: 15.05.2007
Enrolment for participation: 15.09.2007

Conference venue
Freie Universität Berlin, Rost- und Silberlaube, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin, Germany

Please use the online registration form to register for the conference and submit these no later than September 15th, 2007. Registration will also be available at the registration desk on the day.


Conference fees


until 15.05.2007

after 15.05.2007

DGfE members

€ 45,00

€ 65,00


€ 55,00

€ 75,00

Students and student teachers

€ 20,00

€ 25,00


Bank account details
CTW GmbH, „DGfE 07”, Commerzbank Berlin, account number 770 773 007, bank code number 100 400 00
IBAN: DE95 1004 0000 0770 7730 07, BIC: COBADEFF


You will find further information on accommodation here. Please make your own arrangements.
We strongly advise you to book immediately as hotels are likely to be full due to the Berlin Marathon.


Optional evening programme

Monday, 24.09.2007, 19.00h
Reception at the Rotes Rathaus (City Hall of Berlin)

Tuesday, 25.09.2007, 19.00h
Boat trip “City Nights”. Bus transfer from the conference venue at 18.15h;
Duration: 19.00h – 22.00h
Tickets per person: 34,00 €, incl. VAT; dinner and one drink are included.
Places on the boat are limited, so please reserve early!