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Winter School 2017

Winter School 2017

Winter School for young researchers at the German Institut for International Educational Research - DIPF at Frankfurt/Main, November 30 to December 1, 2017.

Call for Papers for Winter School 2017:

Interpreting Comparisons – Reflections on the International Perspective

Methods and Methodology in International and Comparative Educational Research

DIPF - Frankfurt/Main, 30 November and 1 December, 2017


Winter School theme

A methodologically sound description and analysis of differences and commonalities lies at the heart of international and comparative educational research. How these differences and similarities are interpreted, what they express or what they stand for is less a question of methodological control, but of thoughtful argumentation/reasoning.

The Winter School will focus on aspects of interpreting data or documents and their references to theories and modes of understanding. Contributions to the Winter School will reflect upon this complex process of interpretation.

How do comparative international studies that are based on qualitative, quantitative or mixed-method designs assure interpretation? And what challenges emerge from different formats such as quantitative data, interviews, transcripts and text protocols or images?

Contributors to this Winter School should trace their interpretations of data and/or present specific interpretations from their research for discussion. The Winter School is conceived as a forum that does not only provide a floor for the presentation of completed works but is also open to discuss remaining questions.

Target group

Researchers from all levels of qualification are invited to submit their contributions. The Winter School thus addresses doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from the field of international and comparative educational research, mainly from Germany. Contributions in English are highly welcomed.

Format of the event

Presentations of contributions should last between 15 and 20 minutes. They will thematically be allocated to parallel working groups, scheduled for a maximum of ninety minutes, commented by renowned researchers.

Moreover, the Winter School will offer various workshops and information services.


This year’s Winter School once more invites participants to submit and discuss their contributions in English as well as German. We will therefore seek to engage native English language experts who will comment on English language submissions.

We will also offer workshops on the subjects of publishing in English and on comparative data interpretation. The scope of the programme is complemented by information and services focusing on data management as well as European and international exchange and funding opportunities.

Submission details

Abstracts should not exceed 2,000 characters and be thematically related to the Winter School. A brief biographical note should be added.

Please e-mail your Abstract and bio to Y29vcGVyYXRpb25AZGlwZi5kZQ==

The deadline for submission will be 1 September 2017

Please follow the link to register online: https://ice.dipf.de/de/veranstaltungen

All contributors are requested to submit a two-page discussion paper 4 weeks prior to the Winter School, summarising their presentation and  pertinent questions. These discussion papers will be made available to all participants to enable targeted preparation and discussion. The submission deadline for the two-page discussion papers is 30 October, 2017.


Participation is free of charge. Travel expenses can be subsidised upon request for those who are members of or connected to the German association “Kommission Vergleichende und Internationale Erziehungswissenschaft”.


German Institute for International Educational Research / DIPF

Schloßstraße 29

60486 Frankfurt am Main


Dr. Sieglinde Jornitz & Ellen McKenney

International Cooperation in Education - ice / DIPF


 Preliminary schedule

Thursday, 30 November, 2017

9:00 – 12:00

Academic Writing workshop (optional) - in English

Prof. Dr. Marcelo Parreira do Amaral / Alison Lowry


Welcome and introduction to the Winter School theme of the “DGfE Commission Comparative and International Educational Science“

12:15 - 13:00

Methodological challenges to comparative research (working title) - (in German)

Dr. Sigrid Hartong (Helmut-Schmidt University Hamburg)

13:00 - 13:45

Lunch break

13:45 - 15:15

Parallel presentation groups

15:15 - 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 - 17:00

Parallel presentation groups

17:00 - 17:15

Coffee break

17:15 - 18:00

Roundup and discussion


Joint activity:

- Guided tour of Frankfurt Christmas Fair

- Dinner (paid by participants)


Friday, 1 December, 2017

 9:30 - 10:30

Interpreting qualitative data in a culturally sensitive way. Challenges to the international perspective, and how scientists can tackle them (in German)

Dr. Susanne Müller-Using (University of Osnabrück)

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 - 12:15

Parallel presentation groups

12:15 - 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 - 16:00

Interpreting material (documentary method / objective hermeneutics) - workshop (optional) - mainly in German

/ Dr. Sieglinde Jornitz (DIPF, University of Frankfurt/M.) / Dr. Nina Meister (University of Marburg)

last modified Nov 22, 2017