The MapIE project analyses longitudinal datasets from the perspective of educational inequalities

Centre for Educational Assessment (CEA) will participate as a partner in a 4-year Horizon Europe project MapIE - Mapping of Longitudinal data of Inequalities in Education.

The project is coordinated by Tampere University’s Research centre for Education, Assessment and Learning (REAL). The project is funded through HORIZON Europe. The total amount of EU funding is 2,7 million euro. The research consortium consists of internationally acknowledged experts in large-scale educational assessment research from Finnish Educational Evaluation Centre, University of Oslo, University of Gothenburg, Goethe University of Frankfurt and University of Szeged

The MapIE project aims at identifying and analysing longitudinal data both to understand how inequalities develop in different educational contexts and particularly to identify effective mechanisms and interventions to close achievement gaps. 

“We aim at understanding how educational inequalities develop as an interplay of pupil-level predictors and the features of the local, regional and national policies and practices”, postdoctoral researcher Meri Lintuvuori and professor Mari-Pauliina Vainikainen say. 

MapIE focuses on the contextual differences between the Nordic and Central European countries that have structurally different education systems and thereby varying approaches to tracking and school selection, which are considered central system-level factors contributing to school segregation. 

The project has seven interrelated work packages. The main research outputs of our project are a systematic literature review published both for scientific audiences and the wider public, an open metadata database containing descriptions of a wide range of European longitudinal datasets identified in data mapping with links to original data where applicable, and empirical analyses of the accessed data that are published in a large number of publications and dissemination events for both scientific audiences and educational policy makers as well as authorities, schools and the public media. 

Finally, a public framework is created for studying educational inequalities longitudinally in future studies, acknowledging the role of local contexts but aiming for comparability at the European level.

The project started on 1 March 2024 and will continue until 29 February 2028. The project description can be read in the Cordis database. The project website will open by May 2024. 

Contact persons

Postdoctoral researcher Meri Lintuvuori
Centre for Educational Assessment CEA
University of Helsinki
+358 29 412 0404

Professor Mari-Pauliina Vainikainen 
Research Centre for Education, Assessment, and Learning 
Tampere University
+358 50 437 7303