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See detailMehrsprachigkeit im Fokus - Eröffnungsvortrag
Wealer, Cyril UL

Conference given outside the academic context (2018)

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See detailDimensional and Social Comparisons Effects on Domain-Specific Self-Concepts and Interests: A Study of Elementary School Children from Luxembourg Across Two Waves
van der Westhuizen, Lindie UL; Talic, Irma UL; Greiff, Samuel UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, November 09)

Already at the beginning of elementary school, students start to develop self-beliefs and attitudes that reflect their motivation, thoughts, and feelings about a specific school domain. The internal ... [more ▼]

Already at the beginning of elementary school, students start to develop self-beliefs and attitudes that reflect their motivation, thoughts, and feelings about a specific school domain. The internal/external frame of reference (I/E) model (Marsh, 1986) encapsulates this phenomenon by explicating the formation of academic self-concept through a combination of social (i.e. comparing one’s achievement in one domain with the achievement of one’s peers in the same domain) and dimensional (i.e. comparing one’s achievement in one domain with one’s achievement in another domain) comparison processes. The recently established generalized internal/external frame of reference (GI/E) model (Möller, Müller-Kalthoff, Helm, Nagy, & Marsh, 2015) builds on the I/E model by extending it to the formation of other subject-specific academic self-beliefs and attitudes, such as interest and test anxiety. Despite the salience of the (G)I/E model in educational research, studies investigating the formation of self-beliefs and attitudes according to this model remains scarce among elementary school children. This study aims to contribute to the current literature by examining the associations between verbal and mathematics achievement, on the one hand, and corresponding domain-specific self-concepts and interests, on the other hand. A population of Luxembourgish elementary school students was assessed twice, two years apart (once in Grade 1 and once in Grade 3) as part of the Luxembourgish school monitoring system (EpStan, cohorts 2014 & 2016; epstan.lu). Using a domain-specific approach, students were assessed on math and verbal achievement as well as German- and math self-concept and interest. This culminated in a sample of N = 3606 elementary school children who participated in both waves. German- and math self-concepts and interests were self-reported whereas standardized achievement tests (see epstan.lu) were used as indicators of math and verbal (Luxembourgish for Grade 1 and German for Grade 3) achievement. Cross-lagged structural equation modelling was performed in Mplus 8 using WLSMV estimation for categorical variables. Overall, the results suggest strong support for the (G)I/E model for Grade 3, while only partial support was found for the (G)I/E model for Grade 1. More specifically, for both Grade 1 and Grade 3, achievement was positively related to self-concept and interest within the same domain. Negative relations between achievement and self-concept and interest across domains were found in Grade 3, but not in Grade 1. The findings are discussed within the context of theory and research on self-concept differentiation processes, dimensional comparison theory, and the multilingual Luxembourgish educational system. [less ▲]

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See detailLongitudinal development of students‘ competencies in Mathematics and German reading comprehension
Sonnleitner, Philipp UL; Krämer, Charlotte UL; Gamo, Sylvie UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, November 09)

Im Rahmen des luxemburgischen Schulmonitorings werden Schlüsselkompetenzen der Schülerinnen und Schüler der luxemburgischen Regelschulen in regelmäßigen Abständen durch die so genannten Épreuves ... [more ▼]

Im Rahmen des luxemburgischen Schulmonitorings werden Schlüsselkompetenzen der Schülerinnen und Schüler der luxemburgischen Regelschulen in regelmäßigen Abständen durch die so genannten Épreuves Standardisées (ÉpStan) gemessen. Diese längsschnittliche Begleitung der Schülerinnen und Schüler birgt die einmalige Chance, neue Erklärungsansätze für ein (alt)bekanntes Problem des luxemburgischen Schulsystems zu finden: die großen Unterschiede der Bildungschancen von Schülerinnen und Schüler je nach Geschlecht, sprachlichem und sozioökonomischem Hintergrund. Der vorliegende Beitrag gibt nun einen ersten Einblick in die längsschnittliche Kompetenzentwicklung in den Bereichen Deutsch-Leseverstehen und Mathematik. Hierfür werden die Testergebnisse der untersuchten Schülerkohorte aus den ÉpStan-Kompetenztests 2010 in der 3.Schulstufe den Leistungen in der 9. Schulstufe im Jahre 2016 gegenübergestellt. Die Darstellung der Entwicklungsverläufe mittels Sankey-Flussdiagrammen, erlaubt ein schnelles und intuitives Verständnis, von welchem Kompetenzniveau die Schülerinnen und Schüler in der 3. Klasse starten und welches sie schließlich in der 9. Klasse erreichen. Der Effekt von nachgewiesenermaßen einflussreichen, demografischen (Hintergrund-) Merkmalen wie Geschlecht, sprachlichem Hintergrund und sozioökonomischem Status wird dabei gesondert analysiert. Beim Blick auf die generellen Entwicklungsverläufe in den Bereichen Deutsch-Leseverstehen und Mathematik fällt vor allem eine sehr hohe Stabilität der Kompetenzeinstufungen auf: Schülerinnen und Schüler der 3. Klasse, deren Leistungen auf dem (erwartungskonformen) Niveau Socle oder Niveau Avancé liegen, verfügen in der Regel auch 6 Jahre später über hohe Deutsch- bzw. Mathematikkompetenzen. Umgekehrt verbleibt die Mehrheit der Schülerinnen und Schüler mit anfänglich schwachen Leistungen auch später auf einem niedrigen Kompetenzniveau. Bezieht man nun die Teilergebnisse zum Sprachhintergrund mit ein, lässt sich ganz klar folgern, dass die Unterrichtssprache hierfür einen entscheidenden Faktor darstellt: Schülerinnen und Schüler, die Luxemburgisch oder Deutsch als Muttersprache angeben, können sowohl in Deutsch-Leseverstehen als auch in Mathematik eher ein hohes Niveau halten bzw. sich im Laufe ihrer Schulkarriere auf ein solches verbessern. Portugiesischsprachige bzw. frankophone Schülerinnen und Schüler, die im Allgemeinen ohnehin auf einem niedrigeren Kompetenzniveau starten, können sich nur teilweise deutlich verbessern, profitieren aber vom Wechsel der Unterrichtssprache im Secondaire. Die Analysen zeigen darüber hinaus, dass typische Geschlechtsunterschiede, die auf einen Vorteil für Mädchen beim Lesen und einen leichten Vorteil für Jungen in Mathematik hindeuten, schon anfangs der 3. Klasse bestehen, und über die folgenden 6 Jahre weitgehend stabil bleiben. Zusammenfassend bestätigen die Ergebnisse die bereits mehrfach aufgezeigten landestypischen Probleme, erlauben aber eine feinere Aufschlüsselung und zeitliche Verortung der Wechselwirkungen zwischen Unterrichtssprache, sprachlichem und sozioökonomischem Schülerhintergrund, und bilden so die Grundlage für effektivere Interventionen. [less ▲]

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See detailCognitive Potential and Academic Success in Luxembourg: Use case of the "Test of Cognitive Potential"
Muller, Claire UL; Reichel, Yanica UL; Wollschläger, Rachel UL et al

Poster (2018, November 08)

The “Test of Cognitive Ability” (“TCP”) is a language-free test of reasoning ability that was created at the heart of the Luxembourg Centre for Educational Testing (LUCET). The TCP was initially developed ... [more ▼]

The “Test of Cognitive Ability” (“TCP”) is a language-free test of reasoning ability that was created at the heart of the Luxembourg Centre for Educational Testing (LUCET). The TCP was initially developed for children at the age of 10 and can be applied in a group context. Since no advanced language-skills are required in order to take this test, it is perfectly suited not only to serve as a cognitive ability screener in a multi-lingual context, but also to study the relationship of cognitive ability and academic success within a demanding school-system that deals with a very complex mixture of student backgrounds (spoken languages, socioeconomic status, culture, etc.). Using traditional intelligence tests with language-based tasks and instructions could, in this context, result in biased data since maximum performance relies on a good understanding of task requirements. Being language-free, the TCP can help in gaining a more precise understanding of academic performance under different circumstances and prevent wrong conclusions as to the fairness of curricular requirements for different student populations. The present contribution will present the Test of Cognitive Potential and give an overview of how the relationship of cognitive ability and academic success varied within different subpopulations of a Luxembourgish sample of 303 4th graders. [less ▲]

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See detailSchulische Kompetenzen von Erstklässlern und ihre Entwicklung nach zwei Jahren.
Hoffmann, Danielle UL; Hornung, Caroline; Gamo, Sylvie UL et al

Poster (2018, November 08)

Jedes Jahr werden in den luxemburgischen Schulen die ÉpStan (Épreuves Standardisées) durchgeführt. Hierbei handelt es sich um nationale Schulleistungstests, welche Kompetenzen im Bereich der Mathematik ... [more ▼]

Jedes Jahr werden in den luxemburgischen Schulen die ÉpStan (Épreuves Standardisées) durchgeführt. Hierbei handelt es sich um nationale Schulleistungstests, welche Kompetenzen im Bereich der Mathematik und den Schulsprachen (Luxemburgisch, Deutsch und Französisch) auf standardisierte Art messen. Der vorliegende Beitrag ist sowohl eine Bestandsaufnahme der Schülerschaft zu Beginn des formalen Bildungswegs als auch ein Bericht ihrer Evolution über zwei Jahre im luxemburgischen Schulsystem. Hierzu haben wir die Daten aus drei Erhebungen (2014, 2015, 2016) der ÉpStan analysiert. Zum einen zeigen wir, anhand von Daten aus drei verschiedenen Kohorten, welche schulischen Kompetenzen Erstklässler (Zyklus 2.1) am Anfang ihrer Schullaufbahn aufweisen. Zudem hatten wir die Möglichkeit die Schüler und Schülerinnen der ersten Erhebung (2014) zwei Jahre später im Zyklus 3.1 nochmals zu testen und somit ihren Entwicklungsverlauf über zwei Jahre im luxemburgischen Bildungssystem zu dokumentieren. Diese ersten längsschnittlichen Daten zeigen, dass die Mehrheit der Schülerinnen und Schüler zu Beginn des Zyklus 2.1 das Niveau Avancé in den drei überprüften Kernkompetenzen („Luxemburgisch-Hörverstehen“, „Vorläuferfertigkeiten der Schriftsprache“ und „Mathematik“) erreicht. Somit stellen wir fest, dass die für den ersten Lernzyklus festgehaltenen Bildungsstandards erfüllt sind. Zwei Jahre später fällt die Verteilung der Schülerinnen und Schüler auf die verschiedenen Kompetenzränge negativer aus als im Zyklus 2.1. Im Zyklus 3.1 haben vergleichsweise mehr Kinder das Niveau Socle in allen drei Kernkompetenzen („Deutsch-Hörverstehen“, „Deutsch-Leseverstehen“ und „Mathematik“) noch nicht erreicht. Unsere Befunde zeigen außerdem, dass verschiedene außerschulische Faktoren (wie z. B. sozioökonomische Situation, Sprachhintergrund) bereits sehr früh im Verlauf der Schullaufbahn einen äußerst starken Einfluss auf die Testergebnisse haben und sich dieser Einfluss über die Jahre hinweg verstärkt. Abschließend präsentieren und diskutieren wir verschiedene Erklärungsansätze für diesen beobachteten Schereneffekt. [less ▲]

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See detailResearching education in Luxembourg (symposium)
Fischbach, Antoine UL

Scientific Conference (2018, November 08)

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See detailExemplarische Bildungsverläufe von Jugendlichen in den Erziehungshilfen und im Übergang
Göbel, Sabrina UL

Scientific Conference (2018, November 08)

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See detailThe influence of a professional development on teachers’ and carers’ multilingual practices in early childhood education in Luxembourg
Kirsch, Claudine UL; Aleksic, Gabrijela UL; Andersen, Katja Natalie UL

Scientific Conference (2018, November 08)

The need for multilingual pedagogies has been recognized and several multilingual programmes have been implemented in early childhood in Europe. In Luxembourg, where this study is based, laws were voted ... [more ▼]

The need for multilingual pedagogies has been recognized and several multilingual programmes have been implemented in early childhood in Europe. In Luxembourg, where this study is based, laws were voted in 2017 that require early years practitioners to develop Luxembourgish, familiarize children with French, and value home languages. To develop inclusive multilingual practices, the authors of this presentation developed a 30-hour professional development programme (thereafter PD) which was long-term, collaborative, inquiry-based, performance-oriented, and included coaching. The participants carried out and video-record activities based on books and rhymes in several languages, reflected on these, and received feedback. This case-study examines the influence of the PD on the understanding of language learning and practices of two teachers and five carers working in schools and crèches. The data stem from a questionnaire completed three times; twelve interviews; six observations of the training; 30 video-recorded activities; ten coaching reports, and emails. The methods of data analysis comprise paired samples t-test, correlational analysis, content analysis and triangulation. The findings show a positive effect of the PD on understanding of language learning and practices. The teachers and some carers developed a better understanding of social constructivist learning theories which influenced their practices that began to focus on interactions between adults and children, and amongst children. The other carers understood the relevance of dialogue and carried out activities in several languages but their overall practice did not change. The findings confirm that collaborative, inquiry-based PD can be transformative (Gaikhorst et al., 2017; Prenger et al., 2017) and change perspectives and practices to some extent (Buschmann & Sachse, 2018). In addition, they add to the dearth of literature on PD on multilingual education in early years (Egert, 2015). Buschmann, A., & Sachse, S. (2018). Heidelberg interaction training for language promotion in early childhood settings. European Journal of Education, 53(1), 66-78. Egert, F. (2015). Meta-analysis on the impact of in-service professional development programs for preschool teachers on quality ratings and child outcomes. Gaikhorst, L., Beishuizen, J. J. J., Zijlstra, B. J. H., & Volman, M. L. L. (2017) The sustainability of a teacher professional development programme for beginning urban teachers, Cambridge Journal of Education, 47(1), 135-154. Prenger, R., Poortman, C. L., & Handelzalts, A. (2017). Factors influencing teachers’ professional development in networked professional learning communities. Teaching and Teacher Education, 68(1), 77-90. [less ▲]

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See detailSelective blockade of HCN1/HCN2 channels as a potential pharmacological strategy against pain
Dini, Leonardo; Del Lungo, Martina; Resta, Francesco et al

in Frontiers in Pharmacology (2018), 9

A prominent role of hyperpolarization-activated, cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels has been suggested based on their expression and (dys)function in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, being likely ... [more ▼]

A prominent role of hyperpolarization-activated, cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels has been suggested based on their expression and (dys)function in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, being likely involved in peripheral nociception. Using HCN blockers as antinociceptive drugs is prevented by the widespread distribution of these channels. However, tissue-specific expression of HCN isoforms varies significantly, HCN1 and HCN2 being considered as major players in DRG excitability. We characterized the pharmacological effect of a novel compound, MEL55A, able to block selectively HCN1/HCN2 isoforms, on DRG neuron excitability in-vitro and for its antiallodynic properties in-vivo. HEK293 cells expressing HCN1, HCN2, or HCN4 isoforms were used to verify drug selectivity. The pharmacological profile of MEL55A was tested on mouse DRG neurons by patch-clamp recordings, and in-vivo in oxaliplatin-induced neuropathy by means of thermal hypersensitivity. Results were compared to the non-isoform-selective drug, ivabradine. MEL55A showed a marked preference toward HCN1 and HCN2 isoforms expressed in HEK293, with respect to HCN4. In cultured DRG, MEL55A reduced h amplitude, both in basic conditions and after stimulation by forskolin, and cell excitability, its effect being quantitatively similar to that observed with ivabradine. MEL55A was able to relieve chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain. In conclusion, selective blockade of HCN1/HCN2 channels, over HCN4 isoform, was able to modulate electrophysiological properties of DRG neurons similarly to that reported for classical Ih blockers, ivabradine, resulting in a pain-relieving activity. The availability of small molecules with selectivity toward HCN channel isoforms involved in nociception might represent a safe and effective strategy against chronic pain. [less ▲]

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See detailÀ la recherche du Web perdu …
Schafer, Valerie UL

Presentation (2018, November 07)

Alors que la durée de vie d’une page Web est estimée en moyenne à deux mois et celle d’un site Internet à moins de cinq ans, les internautes qui ont suivi les premiers développements du Web grand public ... [more ▼]

Alors que la durée de vie d’une page Web est estimée en moyenne à deux mois et celle d’un site Internet à moins de cinq ans, les internautes qui ont suivi les premiers développements du Web grand public dans les années 1990 ont déjà vu disparaître plusieurs communautés virtuelles et certains de leurs espaces en ligne favoris, à l’instar de Geocities, Myspace, ou Vine. Ce Web perdu invite à penser à la fois la nostalgie et la « fabrique de la désuétude » (pour reprendre Gustavo Gomez-Meijia in Schafer V. dir., Temps et temporalités du Web, Presses de Nanterre, 2018) qui marquent la Toile, et les enjeux de mémoire et de patrimonialisation qui leur sont attachés. Mais c’est aussi la manière dont le Web du passé peut être retrouvé, reconstruit, étudié, que ce soit en histoire ou en archéologie des médias, qui est en jeu. C’est rechercher un Web inscrit dans des temporalités, espaces, pratiques et matérialités propres et qui doit être recontextualisé. Il faut faire face aux silences mais aussi au trop plein d’archives du Web, qui s’avèrent à la fois pléthoriques et lacunaires, et se confronter au risque d’une perte d’intelligibilité. La quête des origines du Web, le sentiment d’un âge d’or du Web des débuts, les bruits et les silences des archives du Web, ou encore le risque de perte de sens seront au cœur de cette intervention pour interroger les sources, pratiques et défis d’une histoire foisonnante. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of Professional Development on Multilingual Education in Early Childhood in Luxembourg
Kirsch, Claudine UL; Aleksic, Gabrijela UL

in Review of European Studies (2018), 10(4), 148-163

While multilingual programmes have been implemented in early childhood education in several countries, professionals have shown to be unsure of how to deal with language diversity and promote home ... [more ▼]

While multilingual programmes have been implemented in early childhood education in several countries, professionals have shown to be unsure of how to deal with language diversity and promote home languages. Therefore, there is a need for professional development. The present article discusses the outcomes of a professional course on multilingual education in early childhood delivered to 46 early-years practitioners in Luxembourg. Using a questionnaire administered prior to and after the course as well as interviews, we examined the influence of the training on attitudes to multilingual education and activities to develop Luxembourgish and home languages. The analysis drew on content analysis, paired samples t-test and correlational analysis. The findings show that the course positively influenced the professionals’ knowledge about multilingualism and language learning, their attitudes towards home languages, their interest in organising activities in the children’s home languages and the implementation of these activities. The results shed light on special interest areas such as the quality of input that future professional development courses could focus on. [less ▲]

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See detailScarring Due to Unemployment: Employers' Hiring Decisions in Relation to Young People
Gutfleisch, Tamara Rebecca UL; Samuel, Robin UL

Presentation (2018, November 07)

The long-term consequences of experiencing early unemployment for future labor market outcomes and individual well-being have been widely documented in the literature. As youth unemployment remains one of ... [more ▼]

The long-term consequences of experiencing early unemployment for future labor market outcomes and individual well-being have been widely documented in the literature. As youth unemployment remains one of the main challenges of our time, it is important to understand the mechanisms on both sides of the job matching process. However, the majority of previous research only highlights issues on the supply side of this process by analyzing observational or administrative data. Empirical evidence on the demand side of youth unemployment is still scarce. Against this background, we examine how employers evaluate hiring chances of young job applicants with special emphasis on scarring due to unemployment. Specifically, we aim at addressing the shortcomings of previous research in two ways: (1) We conduct a large-scale factorial survey experiment among recruiters in five occupational sectors in Luxembourg. Recruiters evaluate several hypothetical descriptions of applicants which randomly vary in their combination of attributes. (2) We test whether using hypothetical vs. real vacancies affects employers' evaluation of applicants - a question that has received little attention so far despite the potential implications for research studying employers' hiring decisions by means of factorial surveys. Preliminary findings from our pilot study show some hints for differences in recruiters' hiring decisions when confronted with real vs. hypothetical hiring problems. With our approach, we contribute to the literature on youth employment as well as to the methodological research on factorial surveys. [less ▲]

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