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NEPS visit at the Institute of Education (IBE) in Warsaw, Poland, as first step to closer cooperation

On October 15 and 16, NEPS was a guest at the Polish Institute for Education (IBE) in Warsaw. Besides presentations by colleagues from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, USA, Michaela Sixt presented a general overview on the background, the framework, and the multicohort sequence design of NEPS as part of the Institute's colloquium.
Michael Bayer offered a deeper insight into the measurement of interest, self-concept, and motivation in the NEPS. Different approaches of how to measure motivation and personality traits in diverse age groups were also discussed in the colloquium. Furthermore, the IBE presented its own household panel, starting in spring 2013 and targeting 24,000 households, which is similar to the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) but places a stronger focus on educational decisions in households. On the second day, the NEPS team brought their expertise to bear on a workshop where two other IBE panel studies were discussed. One IBE study is already running its third wave, focusing on the transition from elementary to lower secondary school (in the Polish system after Grade 6). The second study focuses on children at the age of 6 and 7 during the transition to elementary school. In addition, there were very productive discussions about the usage of modern technologies, such as tablet computers, for measuring competencies (mathematics, writing, and reading) at early ages. Our colleagues were very impressed by the user-friendly access to the NEPS data, especially RemoteNEPS and the NEPSplorer. The visit was a first step toward a close cooperation between IBE and NEPS at many different levels.