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See detailThe Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Luxembourgish Education System: Differences between students based on background characteristics in elementary and secondary school
Fischbach, Antoine UL; Colling, Joanne UL; Levy, Jessica UL et al

Scientific Conference (2021, November)

Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., school closure, home-schooling) have affected students at various stages of education all over the world and were found to increase inequalities in ... [more ▼]

Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., school closure, home-schooling) have affected students at various stages of education all over the world and were found to increase inequalities in academic achievement (OECD, 2021). The present study is based on fully representative large-scale data from the Luxembourg School Monitoring Programme (Épreuves Standardisées; ÉpStan; LUCET, 2021). The ÉpStan are assessing key competencies of primary and secondary school students in different subjects (e.g., German, French and Math). To allow a fair performance comparison, socio-economic and socio-cultural backgrounds of students (e.g., gender, migration and language background) are systematically taken into consideration. The ÉpStan 2020 entail data from approximatively 25.000 students from five different grades (elementary and secondary school), from 15.000 parents (elementary school) and comparative data from 160.000 students from previous cohorts, thus providing key empirical findings on the pandemic’s impact on the Luxembourgish education system. In the present contribution, we analyze a) how the results of standardized achievement tests compare to previous cohorts and under consideration of students’ socio-economical and socio-cultural background, as well as b) how parents and students perceived home-schooling with regard to aspects such as coping, technical equipment, motivation or contact to teachers. First results indicate that in Grades 1, 5, 7 and 9, standardized achievement scores were generally stable in comparison to previous years. However, in Grade 3, students’ competency scores in German (primary language of instruction in elementary school) listening comprehension worsened substantially. Furthermore, third graders from socio-economically disadvantaged households and/or students that do not speak Luxembourgish/German at home did worse in German reading comprehension than their peers from socio-economically advantaged households and/or speaking Luxembourgish/German at home. Concerning the perception of home-schooling, students coped rather well with the situation, with German being a bit more challenging in primary school and math in secondary school. Findings concerning motivation and enjoyment of home-schooling were mixed, with primary school students’ motivation being comparably to the regular school setting but approximately half of the secondary school students being less motivated than in the regular school setting. Furthermore, all households seem to have been well equipped, with the situation being slightly more favorable in socio-economically advantaged households. For the majority of students, the contact with teachers was frequent, with teachers having adapted their type of support to the needs of their students (e.g., more personal contact towards students from socio-economically disadvantaged households). To conclude, it can be said that no systematic negative trend has been identified in students’ achievement scores. Only German listening comprehension in Grade 3 has worsened substantially and these skills should therefore be fostered as early as possible. Overall, students coped rather well with home-schooling without, however, particularly enjoying it. While students entering the pandemic with favorable background characteristics (e.g., higher socio-economic status, speaking a language of instruction at home) managed better both regarding competencies and perception of home-schooling, students with less favorable background characteristics have received more differentiated support. These findings underline that already existing inequalities in the Luxembourgish school system have in parts been intensified by the pandemic. References LUCET. (2021). Épreuves Standardisées (ÉpStan). https://epstan.lu OECD. (2021). The State of School Education: One Year into the COVID Pandemic. OECD Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1787/201dde84-en [less ▲]

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See detailDifferenzialdiagnose und weitere Aspekte
Wollschläger, Rachel UL; Muller, Claire UL; Pit-Ten Cate, Ineke UL

in Ugen, Sonja; Schiltz, Christine; Fischbach, Antoine (Eds.) et al Lernstörungen im multilingualen Kontext: Diagnose und Hilfestellungen (2021)

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See detailA propensity score matching approach on predicting academic success of primary school students
Wollschläger, Rachel UL; Hornung, Caroline UL; Sonnleitner, Philipp UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, July)

School career and academic achievement are known to greatly affect an individual’s path through life (e.g., Trapmann, Hell, Weigand & Schuler, 2007; Jimerson, 2001). In Luxembourg, recent findings ... [more ▼]

School career and academic achievement are known to greatly affect an individual’s path through life (e.g., Trapmann, Hell, Weigand & Schuler, 2007; Jimerson, 2001). In Luxembourg, recent findings indicate that at school entrance (i.e., the beginning of Grade 1) the majority of the students achieve or even surpass the required minimum level of core competencies such as mathematics and early literacy (Hoffmann, Hornung, Gamo, Esch, Keller, & Fischbach, 2018). However, in Grade 3 (i.e., after the first two years of elementary school) many students do no longer achieve the required minimum level of competencies in math and literacy (ibid.). Especially students with another language background than (any of) the official languages in Luxembourg (Luxembourgish, German, and French) and those socio-economically disadvantaged were found to be more likely not to obtain the competency level (ibid.). The current study aims to investigate which specific factors may facilitate (or hinder) learning progression by using longitudinal data of the Luxembourg School Monitoring Programme Épreuves Standardisées from Grade 1 (2014, 2015) to Grade 3 (2016, 2017, 2018). More specifically, students with irregular pathways (i.e., those who experienced grade retention) will be identified as treatment group and compared to a stratified control group of students following regular pathways. For each student of the treatment group, one or more students from the control group will be matched through propensity score matching, a matching procedure based on logistic regression, according to different pre-sets of variables. In a second step, the two groups will be compared in regards to competency levels as well as to socio-emotional context variables such as family background, student-teacher interaction, and school satisfaction aiming at identifying characteristics potentially facilitating (or hindering) a student’s school career. [less ▲]

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See detailSpelling patterns of German 4th graders in French vowels: Insights into spelling solutions within and across two alphabetic writing systems
Weth, Constanze UL; Wollschläger, Rachel UL

in Writing Systems Research (2020)

Cross-language transfer in vowel spelling is difficult to detect because the relation between a vowel and its grapheme is often ambiguous within a writing system and the interpretation of transfer complex ... [more ▼]

Cross-language transfer in vowel spelling is difficult to detect because the relation between a vowel and its grapheme is often ambiguous within a writing system and the interpretation of transfer complex. This study examined French spelling patterns of German fourth graders with French as Foreign language cross-linguistically by applying a fine-grained measure to the differences in spelling, tested with a dictation. The study differentiated between phonologically and graphematically joint vs. unshared vowel graphemes in French and German and the contribution of each category to transfer. Instead of testing orthographic knowledge as in applying the orthographic norm correctly, it used the model of the ‘graphematic solution space’ [Neef, M. (2015). Writing systems as modular objects: Proposals for theory design in grapholinguistics. Open Linguistics, 1(1), 708–721.] that takes into account spelling that is graphematically licensed within the involved writing system. The analysis distinguished between poor and good German spellers to get insights on the relation of the pupils’ competence in the German and French spelling. Results showed an influence of the phonological and graphematic overlap in the spelling patterns, but also inconsistencies with both writing systems. The findings challenge statistical learning in multilingual contexts as the produced graphotactic patterns are rather French-like than French. [less ▲]

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See detailNeed for Cognition across school tracks: The importance of learning environments
Colling, Joanne UL; Wollschläger, Rachel UL; Keller, Ulrich UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, November 06)

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See detailReading in a new technology environment: Are reading assessments still in the ballpark?
Reichert, Monique UL; Krämer, Charlotte UL; Wollschläger, Rachel UL

Scientific Conference (2019, May 31)

Using digital technologies for daily activities such as communicating or learning has become ubiquitous today. This trend is also clearly visible within the field of reading habits, especially among ... [more ▼]

Using digital technologies for daily activities such as communicating or learning has become ubiquitous today. This trend is also clearly visible within the field of reading habits, especially among adolescents: Recent studies underline that traditional text types (e.g., fiction books) are no longer part of the more commonly read text materials (Duncan et al., 2016). The question addressed in the presentation will deal with the degree to which different reading habits impact on adolescents’ reading competence, and is intended to encourage a discussion about the construct of reading competence as generally operationalized in reading competence assessments. We base our considerations on the analyses of two data sets: The first one deals with the extra-curricular reading habits of 3074 9th grade students, and the impact of these practices on their German reading competence. The corresponding data are taken from a survey regarding their reading habits in terms of ten different types of texts (e.g., non-fiction books, e-mails). A regression analysis reveals the strongest impact on reading competence for narrative texts, whilst reading digital texts – although highly attractive among the students – is found to be of minor importance. The second data set differentiates between the reading habits of around 4500 adolescents regarding 1) traditional (printed) texts, 2) digitalised texts (e.g., e-books), and 3) text types that have emerged with new technologies (e.g., social media texts). The ensuing discussion compares particularities of classical and digital texts, and raises questions concerning the construct of reading competence (to be) targeted by standardized tests. [less ▲]

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See detailA need for cognition scale for children and adolescents: Structural analysis and measurement invariance
Keller, Ulrich UL; Strobel, Anja; Wollschläger, Rachel UL et al

in European Journal of Psychological Assessment (2019), 35

Need for Cognition (NFC) signifies “the tendency for an individual to engage in and enjoy thinking” (Cacioppo & Petty, 1982, p. 116). Up to now, no scale of sufficient psychometric quality existed to ... [more ▼]

Need for Cognition (NFC) signifies “the tendency for an individual to engage in and enjoy thinking” (Cacioppo & Petty, 1982, p. 116). Up to now, no scale of sufficient psychometric quality existed to assess NFC in children. Using data from three independent, diverse cross-sectional samples from Germany, Luxembourg, and Finland, we examined the psychometric properties of a new NFC scale intended to fill in this gap. In all samples, across grades levels ranging from 1 to 9, confirmatory factor analysis confirmed the hypothesized nested factor structure based on Mussel’s (2013) Intellect model, with one general factor Think influencing all items and two specific factors Seek and Conquer each influencing a subset of items. At least partial scalar measurement invariance with regard to grade level and sex could be demonstrated. The scale exhibited good psychometric properties and showed convergent and discriminant validity with an established NFC scale and other non-cognitive traits such as academic self-concept and interests. It incrementally predicted mostly statistically significant but relatively small portions of academic achievement variance over and above academic self-concept and interest. Implications for research on the development of NFC and its role as an investment trait in intellectual development are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLesegewohnheiten und bilinguale Lesekompetenzen - Zum Zusammenhang zwischen den Deutsch- und Französisch-Lesekompetenzen von Neuntklässlerinnen und Neuntklässlern und ihren außerschulischen Lesegewohnheiten in Luxemburg
Reichert, Monique UL; Krämer, Charlotte UL; Wollschläger, Rachel UL et al

Report (2018)

Der Beitrag widmet sich der Frage, ob die Unterschiede hinsichtlich der Lesehäufigkeit, der Textsorten, die von Jugendlichen in ihrer Freizeit rezipiert werden, und der Sprache, in der sie bevorzugt lesen ... [more ▼]

Der Beitrag widmet sich der Frage, ob die Unterschiede hinsichtlich der Lesehäufigkeit, der Textsorten, die von Jugendlichen in ihrer Freizeit rezipiert werden, und der Sprache, in der sie bevorzugt lesen, dabei helfen können, ihr Lesekompetenz Niveau im Deutschen und Französischen – jenseits von sozioökonomischem Status, Migrationshintergrund, Muttersprache und Geschlecht – zu erklären. [less ▲]

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See detailHabitudes de lecture et compétences de lecture bilingue
Reichert, Monique UL; Krämer, Charlotte UL; Wollschläger, Rachel UL et al

Report (2018)

La problématique soulevée dans cet article concerne les liens entre d’une part, la fréquence de lecture chez les adolescents en fonction des types de textes lus, et de la langue dans laquelle ils lisent ... [more ▼]

La problématique soulevée dans cet article concerne les liens entre d’une part, la fréquence de lecture chez les adolescents en fonction des types de textes lus, et de la langue dans laquelle ils lisent et, dautre part, leur niveau de compétence de lecture en allemand et en français. En outre, il s’agit d’étudier ces liens en fonction des contextes socio-économique et migratoire, de la langue maternelle, et du sexe des adolescents. À cet effet, les données recueillies dans le cadre des Épreuves Standardisées (ÉpStan) de novembre 2016 permettent d’analyser les compétences de lecture en allemand et en français ainsi que les habitudes de lecture extrascolaire de 5177 élèves du grade 9, fréquentant l’Enseignement Secondaire (ES), l’Enseignement Secondaire Technique (EST) ou la branche Préparatoire de l’Enseignement Secondaire Technique (EST-PRE). Les analyses montrent clairement que, indépendamment du sexe, du type d’enseignement et des caractéristiques socioculturelles des adolescents, principalement la tendance à lire des textes narratifs est positivement corrélée aux compétences en lecture. [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 detailAußerschulisches Lesen und Lesekompetenz Zum Zusammenhang zwischen den Deutsch- und Französisch- Lesekompetenzen von Neuntklässlerinnen und Neuntklässlern und ihren außerschulischen Lesegewohnheiten in Luxemburg.
Reichert, Monique UL; Krämer, Charlotte UL; Rivas, Salvador UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, November)

In Luxemburg erreichen viele Jugendliche ein gutes Lesekompetenzniveau nicht nur in einer, sondern gleich in zwei Sprachen. Allerdings wird wiederholt darauf hingewiesen, dass die Lesekompetenzen in ... [more ▼]

In Luxemburg erreichen viele Jugendliche ein gutes Lesekompetenzniveau nicht nur in einer, sondern gleich in zwei Sprachen. Allerdings wird wiederholt darauf hingewiesen, dass die Lesekompetenzen in Luxemburg stark mit dem familiären Hintergrund der Schülerinnen und Schüler zusammenhängen. Die vorliegende Studie soll jedoch über die Darstellung der Zusammenhänge zwischen den Deutsch- und Französisch-Lesekompetenzen und Einflussfaktoren wie sozio-ökonomischem Hintergrund, Migrationsstatus und Muttersprache hinausgehen. In der Tat stellt sich die Frage, ob es Faktoren gibt, die sich positiv auf das Lesekompetenzniveau der Schülerinnen und Schüler auswirken und auf die sie – anders als bei diesen mittlerweile gut belegten Faktoren – selbst Einfluss nehmen können? Das Leseverhalten Jugendlicher stellt hierfür einen naheliegenden Ansatzpunkt dar. Somit wurden die Schülerinnen und Schüler während der ÉpStan 2016 nicht nur zu ihrem familiären, schulischen und persönlichen Hintergrund befragt, sondern erstmals auch zu ihrem außerschulischen Leseverhalten. Hierbei wurde erfasst, wie häufig sie in ihrer Freizeit Texte unterschiedlicher Art (z. B. Erzählungen, Sachtexte, Zeitungsartikel, Foreneinträge oder Emails) lesen, und in welchen Sprachen sie dies tun. Mittels verschiedener Regressionsanalysen wurde der familiäre Hintergrund der Jugendlichen, ihr Leseverhalten, sowie ihr Lesekompetenzniveau im Deutschen und Französischen zueinander in Bezug gesetzt. Die aus diesen Analysen hervorgehenden Ergebnisse belegen eindrücklich, dass neben dem familiären Hintergrund auch die Lesehäufigkeit und die Sprache, in der die Schülerinnen und Schüler üblicherweise lesen, von Bedeutung für das erreichte Lesekompetenzniveau sind. Darüber hinaus haben insbesondere die Textsorten, mit denen sich die Jugendlichen in ihrer Freizeit auseinandersetzen, entscheidenden Einfluss auf ihre Deutsch- und ihre Französisch-Lesekompetenz. Insbesondere die Häufigkeit, mit der Jugendliche angeben, narrative Texte (wie Geschichten, Romane oder Erzählungen) zu lesen, steht deutlich in positivem Zusammenhang mit ihrer Lesekompetenz in beiden Sprachen. Der Vortrag schließt mit einer Diskussion bezüglich der außerordentlich hohen Attraktivität von digitalen Textsorten bei Kindern und Jugendlichen, und den Möglichkeiten, diese Vielfalt an primär kommunikativ bzw. interaktiv ausgerichteten Lesematerialien als lebensnahe, pädagogische „Sprungbretter“ zu nutzen, mit deren Hilfe zukünftige Leserinnen und Leser an zunehmend komplexere Texte herangeführt werden könnten. [less ▲]

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See detailFourth-graders' competence beliefs in mathematics
Villanyi, Denise UL; Wollschläger, Rachel UL; Martin, Romain UL et al

Poster (2018, February 15)

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See detailFaut-il lire, et que faut-il lire, pour mieux savoir lire? La compréhension de textes parmi les adolescents: tentative d'explication des différences interindividuelles
Reichert, Monique UL; Krämer, Charlotte UL; Rivas, Salvador UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, January 11)

En matière d’éducation en général, et plus précisément dans le contexte de l’acquisition de compétences et de connaissances scolaires, on ne cesse de souligner que dans beaucoup de pays il existe des ... [more ▼]

En matière d’éducation en général, et plus précisément dans le contexte de l’acquisition de compétences et de connaissances scolaires, on ne cesse de souligner que dans beaucoup de pays il existe des écarts importants entre des élèves en fonction de leur arrière-fond socio-économique, de leur langue maternelle, ou de leur statut de migration. Souvent, cependant, il importe de clarifier quelles pourraient être des caractéristiques qui interagissent avec les variables pré-mentionnées. Cela aiderait à saisir le pourquoi des ces différences et à élucider quelles mesures de soutien pourraient être adoptées. En supposant que la fréquence de lecture puisse avoir un impact important sur le niveau de lecture, nous nous intéressons, dans la présente étude, aux différences en matière de lecture et ce en fonction des différentes caractéristiques socio-culturelles et des habitudes de lecture des élèves. À cet effet, nous aurons recours aux données issues des Épreuves Standardisées de l’année 2016/2017. Tous les élèves du grade 9 de l’enseignement secondaire du Luxembourg y ont participé à des tests de lecture de textes en français et en allemand. En outre, ces mêmes élèves ont été questionnés sur leur arrière-fond socio-culturel, ainsi que sur leurs habitudes de lecture. Plus précisément, il leur était demandé d’indiquer à quelle fréquence ils lisaient différents types de textes en dehors de l’école. Les résultats montrent que les textes en format numérique sont ceux qui sont le plus attrayants pour les adolescents. Cette préférence générale pour des textes numériques se retrouve parmi tous les groupes socio-culturels sans exception. Des analyses de régression mettent en évidence que ce sont surtout le fait et la fréquence de lire des textes narratifs qui ont un impact sur les compétences de lecture, et ce même si on prend en compte les variables d’arrière-fond socio-culturel des élèves. La discussion des résultats mettra d’un côté l’accent sur l’importance de la lecture ainsi que sur les possibilités de stimuler la motivation de lecture auprès des jeunes, mais aussi sur la popularité croissante de textes en format numérique et les conséquences correspondantes. [less ▲]

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