Methodological Issues of Longitudinal Surveys

The Example of the National Educational Panel Study

  • Hans-Peter Blossfeld
  • Jutta von Maurice
  • Michael Bayer
  • Jan Skopek

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. I. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jutta von Maurice, Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Hans-Günther Roßbach
      Pages 3-18
  3. II. Sampling, Recruiting, and Fieldwork Management

  4. III. Longitudinal Measurement of Educational Processes: Surveys and Constructs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Doreen Müller, Tobias Linberg, Michael Bayer, Thorsten Schneider, Florian Wohlkinger
      Pages 169-180
    3. Florian Wohlkinger, Michael Bayer, Hartmut Ditton
      Pages 181-193
    4. Cornelia Kristen, Melanie Olczyk, Gisela Will
      Pages 195-211
    5. Johann Carstensen, Anja Gottburgsen, Monika Jungbauer-Gans
      Pages 213-232
    6. Christiane Gross, Katharina Seebaß
      Pages 233-249
    7. Kerstin Hoenig, Reinhard Pollak, Benjamin Schulz, Volker Stocké
      Pages 291-312
    8. Michael Ruland, Katrin Drasch, Ralf Künster, Britta Matthes, Angelika Steinwede
      Pages 367-384
    9. Florian Janik, Oliver Wölfel, Merlind Trepesch
      Pages 385-397
  5. IV. Longitudinal Measurement of Skills: Competence Testing

  6. V. Assessing Data Quality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 541-541
    2. Cornelia Gresch, Rolf Strietholt, Michael Kanders, Heike Solga
      Pages 561-578
    3. Franziska Fellenberg, Heiko Sibberns, Birgit Jesske, Doris Hess
      Pages 579-593
  7. VI. Data management, Coding, Dissemination, and User Support

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 595-595
    2. Jan Skopek, Knut Wenzig, Daniel Bela, Tobias Koberg, Manuel Munz, Daniel Fuß
      Pages 597-609
    3. Jan Skopek, Tobias Koberg, Hans-Peter Blossfeld
      Pages 611-626
    4. Knut Wenzig, Christian Matyas, Daniel Bela, Ingo Barkow, Marc Rittberger
      Pages 627-647
    5. Daniel Bela
      Pages 649-667
    6. Manuel Munz, Knut Wenzig, Daniel Bela
      Pages 709-726

About this book


This book addresses a broad array of pressing challenges of longitudinal surveys and provides innovative solutions to methodological problems based on the example of the NEPS. It covers longitudinal issues such as sampling, weighting, recruiting and fieldwork management, the design of longitudinal surveys and the implementation of constructs, conducting competence tests over the life course, effective methods to improve and to maintain the highest level of data quality, data management tools for large-scale longitudinal surveys, the dissemination of research data to heterogeneous scientific communities, as well as establishing a long-term public relations and communications unit integrating a study’s stakeholder community over time.



·        Sampling, Recruiting and Fieldwork Management

·        Longitudinal Measurement of Educational Processes: Surveys and Constructs

·        Longitudinal Measurement of Skills: Competence Testing

·        Assessing Data Quality

·        Data Management, Coding, Dissemination and User Support



Target Groups


·        Sociologists, Psychologists, Demographers, Economists 

·        Experts in Longitudinal Research, Research Methods, Survey Research and Statistics  

·        Educational Researchers



The Editors

Hans-Peter Blossfeld
is on leave from his Chair in Sociology at Bamberg University since 2012 and holds a Chair in Sociology at the European University Institute in Florence.   

Jutta von Maurice is the executive director of research of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories at the University of Bamberg.

Michael Bayer is operational manager of the operational unit ‘Motivational Variables and Personality Aspects Across the Life Course’ at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories at the University of Bamberg.

Jan Skopek is senior research scientist at the Comparative Life Course & Inequality Research Center of the European University Institute in Florence and is conducting cross-national comparisons in the eduLIFE project, which is supported by an advanced grant from the ERC. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Peter Blossfeld
    • 1
  • Jutta von Maurice
    • 2
  • Michael Bayer
    • 3
  • Jan Skopek
    • 4
  1. 1.Political and Social SciencesEuropean University InstituteFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.DirektoriumLeibniz Inst of Edu courses (LIfBi)BambergGermany
  3. 3.LIfBiBambergGermany
  4. 4.SPSEuropean University InstituteFlorenceItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-11992-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-11994-2
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