Imogen Feld

Parental Involvement and Social Background in Canada and Germany

Limitations and Possibilities of a Comparative Analysis of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011

2018,  Studien zur International und Interkulturell Vergleichenden Erziehungswissenschaft,  Band 23,  250  Seiten,  broschiert,  34,90 €,  ISBN 978-3-8309-3912-2

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Results of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2011 (PIRLS 2011) illustrate yet again that the association between reading achievement of fourth graders and social background in Germany is high compared to the OECD-country mean. This relation is less pronounced for the Canadian Provinces that are participating in PIRLS 2011. The present study conducts a comparative analysis between Germany and the participating Canadian Provinces concerning the association between parental involvement, social background, and reading achievement. This direct country comparison is extended by conducting analyses on performance groups as well as on differences between the Canadian provinces Quebec and Ontario.
The approach of the current study is to use general results of large-scale assessment data to identify differences between countries and groups and to provide a more in-depth analysis of the data. A broad literature review helps to interpret the results more accurately taking additional information about the country contexts into account.


Dr. Imogen Feld, Studium der Soziologie an der Philipps-Universität Marburg; 2016 Promotion an der Universität Hamburg, seit 2012 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Arbeitsbereich Evaluation von Bildungssystemen in der Fakultät Erziehungswissenschaft an der Universität Hamburg
Forschungsschwerpunkte: Soziale Disparitäten, elterliche Eingebundenheit im Schulkontext, Citizenship Education und international vergleichende Erziehungswissenschaft

Imogen Feld studied sociology at the Philipps-University Marburg. She received her PhD from the Faculty of Education of the University of Hamburg. She worked for several years in the working group ›Evaluation of Educational Systems‹ within the Department of General, Intercultural and International Comparative Education at the University of Hamburg. Main areas of research: Social Disparities, Parental Involvement, Citizenship Education and International Comparative Education.