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Research: Results & Publications

The Foundation’s activities are continuously evaluated and accompanied by scientific research. The “Haus der kleinen Forscher” Foundation sees itself as a learning organisation and promotes the exchange of knowledge between research and practice. In addition to carrying out continuous internal monitoring, with a focus on quality assurance and quality development, the Foundation works with renowned external partners who conduct long-term accompanying research aimed at ensuring scientifically sound practices.

Internal quality monitoring

Since 2009, the Foundation also regularly surveys the key players of the professional development programme (teachers and educators, trainers, and local network partners) to obtain their feedback on the programme offerings. The results of this quality monitoring are published in reports and are presented here.

What is the impact of the continuing professional development programme on the pedagogical staff?

Titelseite vom Monitoringbericht 2018/2019

The participants are generally very satisfied with the training courses at the "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation. A longitudinal study has also confirmed the learning success of the educators with regard to several competences. Furthermore, an in-depth study identified the effects of the training on early computer literacy on the pedagogical work. An evaluation of the new training programme on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) points to the important role of the day care centre managers, who carry the training contents to a particular extent into the entire team and thus contribute to the anchoring of educational concepts in the institution.

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Results of scientific studies

All results of the scientific studies (see: Key Findings as PDF) are published in the series “Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zur Arbeit der Stiftung ‘Haus der kleinen Forscher’” [Scientific studies on the work of the “Haus der kleinen Forscher” Foundation]. They are all available in German only, except one:

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Early Science Education – Goals and Process-Related Quality Criteria for Science Teaching (2013)
The fifth volume in the series of scientific publications focuses on goals of science education at the level of the children and pedagogues, and on quality criteria for science teaching at pre-primary and primary level. The expert reports specify pedagogical content dimensions of the goals of early science education at pre-primary and primary school age. English translation download here as PDF.

Position Papers

The "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation intends to actively promote the transformation of the education system in Germany. It is our vision that all children have equal access to a quality education. We therefore support this journey with publications aimed at audiences and actors that are able to make the change. Find below two position papers that were published in Germany.