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NEtwork for Large-Scale Studies Including Students with Special Educational Needs (NELSEN)

Cooperation

Researchers from the following studies and institutions are part of the NELSEN network:

  • WZB Social Science Research Center Berlin 
  • Educational Report, German Institute for Educational Research (DIPF)
  • Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), Institute for School Development Research (IFS)
  • Bielefeld longitudinal study about learning in inclusive and exclusive support arrangements (BiLieF), Universität Bielefeld (in German)
  • National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi)
  • Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Centre for International Student Assessment (ZIB)
  • National Assessment Studies, Institute for Educational Quality Improvement (IQB)

Target Group

The NELSEN network is open for new member.

Objectives

NELSEN (NEtwork for Large-Scale Studies Including Students with Special Educational Needs) is a network of researchers who study the learning outcomes and conditions of students with special educational needs. The goal of the network is to improve the data basis about the situation of students with special educational needs in large-scale assessments. Given the heterogeneity of students with special educational needs and the diversity of the assistance measures for this group, the research in this area faces a number of challenges. These are, for example, that the diagnosis of and statistical identification of special educational needs varies between the German states which complicates identifying students with special educational needs in a comparable way. One aim of the NELSEN network is therefore to develop consistent definitions for special educational needs and different types of support across studies.

Another goal of the NELSEN network is to exchange ideas about methodological and substantial challenges and approaches in this area of research such as appropriate test instruments and background questionnaires for teachers, school principals and parents, promising sampling strategies and test modalities for testing students with special educational needs.

Activities

The NELSEN network meets once or twice a year. The members also participate in joint symposia at the annual conference of the Association for Empirical Educational Research (GEBF) and in writing an edited volume with chapters from the different projects. The Coordinating Office between the IQB and the ZIB coordinates the network and makes available a shared internet portal that supports the information exchange and documents results.

Contact

Anna Kroth
Coordinating Office between the IQB and the ZIB
Institute for Educational Quality Development (IQB)
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 / 20 93 - 46509
Email: anna.kroth[at]iqb.hu-berlin.de

Partners in the Network