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The National Educational Panel Study: Need, Main Features, and Research Potential

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Abstract

The German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) was set up to study the acquisition of education, to assess the consequences of education for life courses, and to describe central education processes and trajectories across the entire life span. It is organized as a network of excellence linking together researchers from different disciplines with the life-course perspective serving as its preeminent theoretical characteristic. Although focusing on eight stages ranging over the entire life span, it ensures longitudinal integration through its theoretical orientation toward six major dimensions (“pillars”): competence development, learning environments, social inequalities and educational decisions, educational processes of migrants, returns to education, as well as motivation and personality. Methodologically, NEPS follows a multicohort sequence design starting with a total number of more than 60,000 target persons from six cohorts (early childhood, Kindergarten children, 5th graders, 9th graders, first-year college students, and adults who, in most cases, had already left the educational system). Different instruments including questionnaires and competence tests are being administered in all six cohorts. Each new wave of the panel study is being made available to the scientific community as quickly as possible.

Keywords

  • Education
  • Panel study
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Life-course perspective
  • Multicohort sequence design

Schlüsselwörter

  • Bildung
  • Panelstudie
  • Interdisziplinäre Forschung
  • Lebensverlaufsperspektive
  • Multi-Kohorten-Sequenz-Design

Zusammenfassung

Das Nationale Bildungspanel wurde mit dem Ziel ins Leben gerufen, den Erwerb sowie die Konsequenzen von Bildung im Lebenslauf zu untersuchen und zentrale Bildungsprozesse und -verläufe über die gesamte Lebensspanne zu beschreiben. Diese als Exzellenznetzwerk von Forschenden unterschiedlicher Disziplinen angelegte Studie folgt der theoretischen Ausrichtung der Lebensverlaufsperspektive. Die Integration der acht über die gesamte Lebensspanne hinweg reichenden Etappen wird dabei durch die theoretische Orientierung auf sechs Hauptdimensionen sichergestellt: Kompetenzentwicklung, Lernumwelten, soziale Ungleichheit und Bildungsentscheidungen, Bildungsprozesse von Migranten, Bildungsrenditen sowie Motivation und Persönlichkeit. Methodisch ist das Nationale Bildungspanel als Multi-Kohorten-Sequenz-Design angelegt. Dieses Design beginnt in der ersten Erhebungswelle mit mehr als 60.000 Zielpersonen aus sechs unterschiedlichen Kohorten (frühe Kindheit, Kindergartenkinder, Fünftklässler, Neuntklässler, Studienanfänger sowie Erwachsene, die das Bildungssystem zumeist bereits verlassen haben). In allen sechs Kohorten kommen verschiedene Instrumente (z. B. Fragebogen, Kompetenztests) zum Einsatz. Die Daten jeder Erhebungswelle werden der Scientific Community zeitnah zur Verfügung gestellt.

Keywords

  • Education
  • Panel study
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Life-course perspective
  • Multicohort sequence design

Schlüsselwörter

  • Bildung
  • Panelstudie
  • Interdisziplinäre Forschung
  • Lebensverlaufsperspektive
  • Multi-Kohorten-Sequenz-Design

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Blossfeld, HP., von Maurice, J., Schneider, T. (2019). The National Educational Panel Study: Need, Main Features, and Research Potential. In: Blossfeld, HP., Roßbach, HG. (eds) Education as a Lifelong Process. Edition ZfE, vol 3. Springer VS, Wiesbaden. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-23162-0_1

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