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NEPS - National Educational Panel Study


Project duration: 01.01.2009


The National Education Panel Study analyzes educational processes in Germany. The IFS is responsible for the fourth phase (the transition from lower to upper secondary school) of NEPS.

Project description

The aim of NEPS is to collect data on long-term educational processes and skills development across the life span in Germany, and to and study changes across the life span and across cohorts. NEPS collects high quality data from representative samples (starting cohorts) of newborns, preschoolers, school children from the 5th and 9th grades, freshmen students and adults. The collected data is processed in a user-friendly design and made available to the scientific public. The IFS is responsible for the fourth phase (the transition from lower to upper secondary school) of NEPS. This stage maps the crucial transition from elementary school into the general education system, vocational, or higher secondary schools, or direct entry into the job market.

NEPS plots a life course of eight educational stages, distinguished by their integration into a theoretical framework based select key concepts: (1) skills development throughout life, (2) educational processes in specific learning contexts and environments, (3) social inequality and its effects on an educational career, (4) educational achievement of people with a migration background, and (5) returns to education. Additionally motivational variables and personality characteristics are examined.

These dimensions represent the central pillars of NEPS and are followed in each start cohort throughout the lifespan. NEPS categorizes eight educational stages: Stage 1: birth to early childhood care; Stage 2: kindergarten to elementary school; Stage 3: elementary to lower secondary school; Stage 4: lower to upper secondary school; Stage 5: Upper Secondary School to higher education, vocational training, labor market; Stage 6: vocational training to the labor market; Stage 7: higher education to the labor market; Stage 8: adult education and lifelong learning.

Further information

Lead researcher at IFS

Foto von Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 232
Telephone: (+49)231 755-5512

Project management

Foto von Dr. Paul Fabian Dr. Paul Fabian,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 231
Telephone: (+49)231 755-7103

Project team

Foto von Pascal Alscher Pascal Alscher,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 229
Telephone: (+49)231 755-5579

Foto von Katharina Molitor Katharina Molitor,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 229
Telephone: (+49)231 755-5598

Foto von Kathrin Thums Kathrin Thums,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 018
Telephone: (+49)231 755-5585

External project partners

Fakultät für Erziehungswissenschaft, Universität Hamburg

  • Anna Prosch

  • Inge Blatt

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