At the beginning of the project workshop at the Tassilo Gymnasium (Tassilo Secondary School) in Simbach an der Inn, Sebastian Kühnel, a member of the project team, explains the various question types to the students.

The students listen to further explanations.

Professor Gerd Strohmeier, the project manager, in discussion with the students.

Students at Tassilo Gymnasium analyze an interview with a representative. In the process, they receive support from teacher Christian Raps.

Working in a team encourages students to question and discuss their research results.

Together, the students evaluate their result.

Students from Karl-von-Closen Gymnasium, Eggenfelden, evaluate their interviews.

The academics provide the students with valuable tips and encouragement.

Focused group work.

A transcribed questionnaire from an interview conducted in Swedish.

Project coordinators: Professor Gerd Strohmeier, Sebastian Kühnel, and the teacher Christian Raps.

Political Effects of the Election Systems in Great Britain and Germany

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Gerd Strohmeier, University of Chemnitz

This project is aimed at school students in the 12th and 13th grades, who are introduced to specific questions and methods in election systems research by scientists from the University of Passau and Chemnitz. They interview politicians in the British House of Commons and German Bundestag as well as politicians in Sweden, France and Austria about the political effects of election systems. To ensure high academic standards and allow the students to present their results, several small workshops are held in preparation for the different project phases. Assisted by the participating scientists and teachers, the students' task is to develop a complete research concept, learn the necessary fundamental techniques of social science research, and prepare an empirical study. The results are then evaluated and discussed with the scientists.