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Jena Spring School on Educational Measurement


Next Jena Spring School

Currently, the Jena Spring School is on pause. There will be no Spring School in the year 2016. If you want to be informed about the continuation, please subscribe to our newsletter.

About the Jena Spring School

The Jena Spring School on Educational Measurement is a regular event hosted by the  Department of Research Methods in Education at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena as a scientific event of the Center for Teacher Education and Educational Research (ZLB). The goal of the Spring School lies in providing researchers working in the field of educational measurement, psychology, and educational research in general with an opportunity to improve the methodological knowledge and skills required for conducting educational research at an international level. Additionally, the Spring School provides a great opportunity for participants to meet and learn to know colleagues conducting methodological research or using elaborate statistical methods.

The Spring School offers workshops that cover recent methodological topics in educational research and provide a mixture of lectures and hands-on-exercises. The workshops are held by distinguished measurement experts from Germany and abroad. The intended audience for the Spring School workshops is English-speaking postgraduates (with or without a PhD) as well as professors. The language of instruction is English.

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Motivation for setting up the Jena Spring School

In recent years, the importance of Educational Measurement has grown substantially and still continuous to grow. This is at least to some degree due to both the increasing number and also the increasing demands of international large-scale assessments like PISA, TIMSS, and PIRLS. These assessments regularly bring up new methodological challenges. However, in order to conduct research in the field of Educational Measurement at an international level, methodological knowledge of and skills in areas like the Item-Response-Theory, statistical simulation studies, causality, and longitudinal analysis are indispensable. Unfortunately, these methodological aspects are rarely covered by the current university curricula in educational science and psychology - at least in Europe. Thus, the aim of the Spring-School is to close this gap by offering a range of appropriate high-quality workshops. Furthermore, Jena with its Friedrich-Schiller-University is a city with a long academic tradition situated in a nice landscape, offering good food and beer breweries, which is - from our point of view - worth a visit.