EUROPE Study: Evaluation of Berlin’s Europe School (SESB)
Berlin’s Europe School
The 28 locations of Berlin’s Europe School (SESB) provide bilingual instruction for pupils with different first languages. Each school focuses on one of the nine non-German languages offered (English, French, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish).
Each class is supposed to have 50 % of children with German as their first language, and 50 % of children with a non-German first language. Both languages are equally used as the language of instruction, so that approximately half the subjects are taught in German and the other half is taught in the non-German language. The SESB strives for high bilingual language skills of those pupils while also strengthening their intercultural competence. However,
a systematic scientific evaluation of this school concept has not been carried out to date.
Objectives of the EUROPE study
As part of the EUROPE study, starting in 2014, the linguistic, subject-related and intercultural competence of SESB pupils will be compared to those of conventionally taught pupils.
Furthermore, the study seeks to review the implementation of the SESB concept regarding the composition of the student body and the use of teachers, accompanied by a survey of parents.
A particular advantage of the EUROPE study is the assessment of competence in the non-German languages based on tests of the international student assessments TIMSS, PIRLS and PISA. This approach makes it possible to compare the performances of the SESB pupils with those pupils from countries where these languages are actually spoken.
Design of the study
In 2014, SESB pupils from grades 4, 6 and 9 were included in the study, with an additional comparison group for grade 4.
In 2014 a total of 769 SESB pupils in grade 4, 731 pupils from comparison schools, and 599 SESB pupils in grade 6 took part in the study. Pupils in grade 4 were re-examined in grade 5 in year 2015. In addition to the student survey, parent and teacher surveys also took place. Nearly two thirds of parents surveyed at each grade level have participated in the study so far.
The State of Berlin, represented by the Senator for Education, Science and Research, has commissioned Prof. Dr. J. Baumert, Max-Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB) in Berlin and Prof. Dr. J. Möller, Department of Psychology at the Kiel University (CAU), with the scientific support and evaluation of Berlin’s Europe School (SESB).
Scientific cooperation partners include Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller of the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) at Kiel University and Prof. Dr.
Michael Becker-Mrotzek of the Mercator Institute for Language Training and German as a Second Language at the University of Cologne. The IEA Data Processing and Research Center (DPC) in Hamburg was commissioned with implementing a portion of the study.