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Analysepotenziale des Sozio-oekonomischen Panels (SOEP) für die empirische Bildungsforschung


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  • Lohmann, Henning
  • Spieß, C. Katharina
  • Groh-Samberg, Olaf
  • Schupp, Jürgen


In Deutschland stehen für Fragen der empirischen Bildungsforschung bislang überwiegend Querschnittserhebungen zur Verfügung, die ergänzt werden durch länderspezifische bzw. gruppenspezifische Längsschnitterhebungen. Zudem sind diese in der Regel auf einzelne Übergänge im Bildungssystem fokussiert. Die Herausforderung einer lebensverlaufstheoretischen Bildungsforschung liegt jedoch in der Analyse von Bildungs- und Kompetenzentwicklungen über den gesamten Lebensverlauf hinweg und zwar in Abhängigkeit von institutionellen und lebensweltlichen Kontexten. Dieser Beitrag zeigt die Möglichkeiten auf, die das Sozio-oekonomische Panel (SOEP), eine seit 25 Jahren laufende Haushalts- und Personenbefragung, für die empirische Bildungsforschung bietet. Neben der Erläuterung verfügbarer Bildungsinformationen und methodischer Innovationen des bildungsbezogenen Erhebungsprogramms werden die komparativen Stärken des SOEP dargelegt, die insbesondere in Bildungsanalysen „von der Wiege bis zur Bahre“ und im intergenerationalen und familialen Kontext bestehen. -- In Germany, the main datasets available for addressing empirical educational research questions are cross-sectional data, which are often supplemented by state-specific or group-specific longitudinal surveys. The latter are usually focused on specific transitions in the educational system. The challenge of an approach to educational research that takes the perspective of life-course theory, however, lies in analyzing educational and competency development across the entire life span and the dependence of these processes on institutional and individual environment contexts. The present paper shows the opportunities that the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), a household and individual survey now running for over 25 years, offers for empirical educational research aimed at confronting such research challenges. In addition to outlining the available educational information and methodological innovations in the SOEP’s education-related survey program, we also describe the survey’s comparative strengths, particularly for educational analyses stretching ‘from the cradle to the grave’ and dealing with intergenerational and familial contexts.

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Article provided by ZBW - German National Library of Economics in its journal EconStor Open Access Articles.

Volume (Year): (2009-06)
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Pages: 252-280

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Handle: RePEc:zbw:espost:67725

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Keywords: Empirische Bildungsforschung; Paneldaten; Bildungsübergänge; Kompetenzmessung; Lebensverlauf; Intergenerationale Zusammenhänge; Educational transition phases; Empirical educational research; Intergenerational links; Life course; Measurements of competencies; Panel data;

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  1. Henning Lohmann & Sven Witzke, 2011. "BIOEDU (Beta Version): Biographical Data on Educational Participation and Transitions in the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP)," Data Documentation 58, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  2. Schupp, Jürgen, 2009. "25 Jahre Sozio-oekonomisches Panel - ein Infrastrukturprojekt der empirischen Sozial- und Wirtschaftsforschung in Deutschland," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 350-357.


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