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An Empirical Study on the Educational Outcomes of Students from Vocational and Academic Upper Secondary Schools

Point of departure: The LISA project

"LISA 6" is the sixth data collection point of a study called "LISA - Lesen in der Sekundarstufe" (Engl: reading in secondary education). The initial emphasis of the LISA project was on a longitudinal survey of the development of reading comprehension and reading motivation as well as on an investigation of influential factors such as the students' background or the learning environment. In addition to reading comprehension in German, reading and listening skills in the first foreign language (English) were included in the LISA project from grade 8 on ("LISA 3"). Until grade 11 ("LISA 5"), only schools providing general education were considered.

Objectives of "LISA 6"

"LISA 6" amplifies the scope of the study considerably. In addition to students from the general educational system, students from schools providing vocational education were sampled as well. First of all, "LISA 6" considers the achievement of students just before they graduate from upper secondary school with the higher education entrance qualification ("Abitur"). Thus, central domains of academic achievement (mathematics; science; reading, listening, and linguistic awareness in the first foreign language (English); reading in the first language (German)) were taken into account, as well as vocational competencies from the area of economy, work, technology, and career planning. Second, "LISA 6" focuses on describing high-school graduates at general and vocational educational schools in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein (e.g., prior school career, socio-economic background, characteristics of parental home) and their prospects for the time after graduation (e.g., starting university studies or vocational training). Considering these first two aspects, the data of "LISA 6" are suitable to systematically expand the findings of studies like TOSCA or TOSCA-REPEAT (for Baden-Württemberg) and LAU-13 (for Hamburg) by another federal state. A third, "LISA 6"-specific research question results from the longitudinal survey at general educational schools: Here, the study presents an opportunity to systematically investigate the development of German and English achievement in the course of upper secondary education and to trace it back to school-internal and school-external factors of learning.

April - June 2013    Data collection "LISA 6" at the participating schools
June - Sept. 2013    Processing of "LISA 6" data at the DPC in Hamburg
Sept. - Nov. 2013    Preparation for proficiency level classifications in the tested domains
Nov. - Dec. 2013    Short paper-and-pencil interview on students' current living situation and their prospects for the year after completion of school ("status request")
February 2014    Preliminary (internal) report
April 2014    Sending out feedback to the schools

People involved
Educational Science, IPN Kiel: Olaf Köller, Jan Retelsdorf, Michael Leucht, Nele Kampa, Johanna Fleckenstein, Fabian Schmidt
Educational Psychology, CAU Kiel: Jens Möller

Michael Leucht (Project coordinator)