Cultural diversity, increasing social inequality, continuous digitisation: our education system is facing a large number of challenges. Extensive comparative studies conducted internationally among schoolchildren and adults, – the so-called large-scale assessments – enable those responsible for educational policies to respond to the changing educational landscape. Delivering empirically substantiated insights, educational research provides the foundation to improve the education system and to support stakeholders – from teachers to politicians – in the education sector.
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University research yields specific practical knowledge for key figures within university management. The aim is to reduce the correlation between educational success and social background or gender. It is important to make work and family life more compatible as well. Full-day educational facilities are seen as a means of promoting the interests of children and young people. The transition point between school and professional life is another important factor.
ASCOT, a research initiative launched in 2011, is intended to measure the practical skills essential to the workforce and that are necessary to pursue a career in a changing professional world. ASCOT provides an empirical basis from which expertise in vocational training can be acquired. Gender research investigates the causes of and structural problems relating to the underrepresentation of women in the sciences and delivers concrete recommendations for action as well as gender-based management tools.
At the DLR Project Management Agency, we support a broad range of programmes and initiatives; working closely with the scientific community, we develop research priorities and formats that we then proceed to implement. To do this, we provide administrative and technical support to research projects across all the above-mentioned fields – from review and application to project completion. The projects supported by the DLR Project Management Agency are intended to create a scientific basis to achieve ideal educational opportunities for everyone.