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Of single parents and educational success: Publication with NEPS data gains award


Children of single fathers have the lowest educational success – this (in brief) is one of the results that Wolfgang Ludwig-Mayerhofer, Nico Stawarz and Alexandra Wicht (University of Siegen) have elaborated in an award-winning publication. The work focusses on the educational resources that young people growing up in different family constellations may have at their disposal. It is based on the extensive data sets of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) and has now been awarded the 2nd Prize of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for Social Science Essays of the Year 2020.


Life satisfaction significantly lowered by Corona impacts


Older adults have been the focus of attention since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic - as a particularly vulnerable risk group, the highest priority group for vaccinations, and in discussions about the consequences of social isolation. By analizing data from the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), it has now been possible for the first time to examine the living situation of adults during the first lockdown in Germany, differentiated by age group, with a particular focus on the satisfaction and future expectations of those over 65. It turns out that older adults share the same concerns, especially about the fact that the gap between rich and poor continues to grow. In contrast, they are much less likely than younger adults to expect serious financial problems for themselves or their loved ones.


New Scientific Use File of Starting Cohort 6 (Adults) released


New data for the NEPS Starting Cohort 6 are now available in version 12.0.0 for scientific use.


First data package of the ReGES refugee study now available to researchers


With the first release of Scientific Use Files (SUF) of the study ReGES "Refugees in the German Educational System", researchers can now access the data of the first two of a total of seven survey waves and use them for their own analyses. The Research Data Center of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (FDZ-LIfBi) is thus expanding its range of services and will make the carefully prepared data available for scientific purposes in various degrees of anonymization free of charge and together with extensive documentation material on the new website from July 9, 2021.


Review of the 6th NEPS Conference


The 6th International NEPS Conference of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) took place virtually again this year. The focus of the conference on June 8, 2021 was on methodological innovations in representative educational studies such as NEPS. In addition, the "NEPS Publication Award" for outstanding papers based on NEPS data was again awarded; this year it went to Berlin.


New Scientific Use File of Starting Cohort 5 (First-Year Students) released


New data for the NEPS Starting Cohort 5 are now available in version 15.0.0 for scientific use.


Call for Papers: Special Issue „Large-scale Assessments in Education“


The journal "Large-scale Assessments in Education" will publish a special issue with a focus on the methodology of large-scale longitudinal studies in educational research. For this issue, contributions from a variety of disciplines that address methods of data collection and analysis in educational studies are sought. In terms of content, the issue connects to the 6th International NEPS Conference, which will be hosted as a virtual conference by the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) in June 2021. Contributions for the special issue can be submitted until November 30, 2021.


LIfBi is recruiting head for a new junior research group


In the second half of 2021, a new junior research group on "Outcomes of Education Across the Lifespan" is to start at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi). For this purpose, the institute is now looking for a head for the group. Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2021.


How Corona is contributing to a new digital divide in employment


Video meetings, teamwork platforms and virtual conferences have become an integral part of pandemic working life since spring 2020 at the latest. For many employees, the use of these networked digital technologies is now a natural part of their everyday working lives. Current analyses of the Corona supplementary survey in the National Education Panel (NEPS) now provide information on which occupational and educational groups used digital technologies more frequently in the first lockdown than before the pandemic. However, the data also show that the pandemic-induced digitization surge has not reached all employees and is even contributing to a new digital divide in the workforce that could last long beyond the pandemic. The authors of the report call for steering measures to be taken now.


New Scientific Use File of Starting Cohort 1 (Newborns) released


New data for the NEPS Starting Cohort 1 are now available in version 8.0.0 for scientific use.


6th International NEPS Conference: Call for Presentations


The Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories will host the 6th International NEPS Conference on June 8, 2021. This  year the  main  focus  of  the  conference  will  be  on  the  advancement  of methodological  practices  in  educational  large-scale  assessments. To this end, the keynote address by Matthias von Davier (Boston College, USA) and an opening presentation by Suzanne Jak (University of Amsterdam, NL) will address current topics in modeling and analysis of complex data structures. Conference papers can be submitted until April 15, 2021.


First "Call for Modules" successful: self-efficacy and motivation, proactive behavior in occupations and conspiracy mentality become new NEPS contents


The first "Call for Modules" in the National Education Panel Study (NEPS) has resulted in new survey modules. After a scientific evaluation and detailed discussion of 17 externally prepared project outlines in various committees, three proposals have now been selected for inclusion in the NEPS. It is the first time that content has been included that has not been developed by the NEPS network itself. The new modules "Self-efficacy for motivational regulation", "The innovative teacher – proactive behavior in occupations" and "Conspiracy mentality and political deprivation" complement the NEPS survey program with content that is likely to be highly relevant for questions from various scientific disciplines.


KonsortSWD at LIfBi starts with call for funding applications 2/9/2021


Since the beginning of the year, the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) has been responsible for several sub-projects in the newly founded Consortium for the Social, Behavioural, Educational and Economic Sciences (KonsortSWD). KonsortSWD began its work in October 2020 as one of nine founding consortia of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). Under the claim "Good data. Better research!", the existing data infrastructure for the scientific community is to be strengthened, expanded and deepened. LIfBi is now launching a call for applications for funding of data management projects until the end of April in the sub-project "Funding FDM".


New RDC Newsletter "LIfBi data No. 8" published


With the new issue of the newsletter „LIfBi data“ the RDC would like to wish all readers a good start into the new year and inform about relevant news from the Research Data Center.

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