University of Bern
The Interfaculty Centre for Educational Research (ICER) as the host institution of PIONEERED at the University of Bern (UBERN) was founded in 2018 by the Faculty of Human Sciences and the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. ICER's recognised expertise lies in the advancement of scientific knowledge in educational research through inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration between different disciplines and with education policy stakeholders. ICER is responsible for the coordination, quality assurance and analysis of national and international large-scale assessments in educational research in Switzerland. In addition, multidisciplinary research-based services and transfer projects as well as third-party funded projects are carried out at ICER to promote empirical scientific findings in educational research across all educational levels and with a view to the entire life course. Projects based at ICER and its parent institutes are internationally recognised in the field of student assessment, educational inequalities, and transitions from education to employment. The project team at UBERN combines expertise in the field of educational research at the interface with educational policy, in addition to the broad expertise in social inequalities and methodology.
Main Tasks in the Project
As leader of WP2, that provides the methodological and conceptual framework of the project, UBERN ensures WP2’s theoretical and methodological quality. Within WP2, UBERN is part of all the Tasks and leading Task 2.1 (state of reasearch report) and 2.2 (methodological guidelines). Another main task of UBERN in the project lies in WP4 (Comparative analysis of educational (in)equalities). Within WP4, UBERN is part of all the Tasks and leading Task 4.2 (Consequences of school segregation on achievement and attainment). Additionally, UBERN is involved in all the other Work Packages of the PIONEERED project: UBERN’s experience in educational research at the interface with education policy guarantees access to stakeholders and their perspectives as well as their needs, as it is prerequisite for WP3 (Policy analysis of measures tackling educational inequalities) and WP6 (Synthesis: most promising pioneering policies and practices).