“Education for the world of tomorrow” starts in the fall with 20,000 students

How does digitalization affect learning? What contributes to students’ readiness to engage in society? And what about inclusion and equity in education? In autumn 2022, the new NEPS study “Education for the world of tomorrow” will begin, devoted to these topics, among others.


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LIfBi Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories

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20,000 schoolchildren and about twice as many people from their environment as teachers and parents are interviewed. The new NEPS study will therefore be presented in the form of online events in selected regular and specialized schools until the summer to encourage participation.

The new study “Education for Tomorrow’s World” is part of the NEPS study “Bildungsverzüge in Deutschland”, also known as the national panel study on education. With approximately 60,000 participants of all ages and an additional 40,000 people from their environment, the NEPS study is the largest long-term research project in the educational and social sciences in Germany. Since the beginning of the study twelve years ago, a lot of insights into education and learning behavior as well as student development have been gained. The expansion of the NEPS study should now open new avenues of research and comparative perspectives. Fifth grade students and their parents, teachers and school management will be included in the surveys starting in fall 2022.

School and society have changed considerably in recent years: digitization, inclusion and integration not only change our daily lives, but also educational institutions. Some of these developments have not yet been thoroughly researched. The aim of the new study is therefore to acquire more information and therefore options for action on the themes of educational justice, identity formation, inclusive learning and engagement. social. Additionally, the NEPS “Education for Tomorrow’s World” study offers a unique opportunity to connect with the IQB education trend. This regularly examines to what extent German schoolchildren are meeting binding educational standards in all federal states and where action is needed.

The participation of school management, teachers, students and their parents in the new NEPS study is essential to create a database that will provide state ministries of science and education and culture Federals an important impetus for the future development of education in Germany. Currently, randomly selected, learning-oriented mainstream schools and special schools are invited to participate in the new NEPS study “Education for Tomorrow’s World”. A total of 20,000 schoolchildren from 575 schools are to be included in the study and interviewed over a period of several years. The first surveys should then begin after the summer holidays at the start of the school year.

An interdisciplinary consortium of renowned research institutes led by Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt, director of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) in Bamberg and head of the NEPS study. The survey institute IEA Hamburg, which specializes in carrying out major national and international studies on school performance such as PISA, was commissioned to carry out the surveys in the schools.

The NEPS study, also known as the National Education Panel Study, based at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) in Bamberg, currently consists of six major sub-studies. So far, they have accompanied a total of more than 60,000 people from birth through the training and employment phase to the post-employment phase. In addition, 40,000 people around them, such as parents and educational staff, are interviewed. The random samples were drawn to be representative of the whole of Germany. The data collected will be anonymized and made accessible to education researchers around the world.

The new study “Education for Tomorrow’s World” will begin in the fall of 2022, in which 20,000 school children and their teachers, school administrators and parents are to be included throughout the country.

The NEPS is supported by a Germany-wide interdisciplinary Network of Excellence in which twelve renowned research institutes work together. The NEPS study is led by Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories in Bamberg.

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