Thank you to all of the participants, presenters, volunteers, and everyone else who helped make the Cultural Diversity, Migration, and Education Conference a resounding success! July 7th through 9th we saw our hard work pay off as participants from around the world gathered for three days of interesting presentations, good discussions, and (hopefully) fruitful exchanges. … Continue reading
After nearly two and a half months of early mornings in principals’ offices, attaching and reattaching labels to countless surveys, perfecting our introductions, and honing our strategies for optimal student participation, we have finished collecting data in 19 secondary schools in Berlin! With more than 50 classrooms, we’re really happy with how everything went.
We administered two surveys – one for students and one for teachers, both focusing on how cultural diversity is perceived and addressed in the classroom. The student survey contains scales that will be used in Jana, Miriam, and Ursula’s dissertations, and the teacher survey will be used in Sauro’s dissertation.
Overall the data gathering experience was very positive – many teachers and students were very interested in the topic at hand, and those that weren’t also offered an important reminder about the realities of doing this kind of research. Being in schools was really helpful for contextualizing the issues we’re interested in, including friendships, teacher-student relationships, and classroom climate.
Now, with the the help of numerous amazing research assistants and bachelor’s and master’s students, we just have to work our way through the piles of surveys to get everything entered and get going on analysis!
The Diversity Group Potsdam wishes you a happy New Year 2016! We are especially looking forward to our own conference “Cultural Diversity, Migration, and Education” from July 7th-9th. Further information will follow soon.