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New panel study on teaching staff in further education: BMBF supports long-term cooperation project between DIE and LIfBi


The third quarter of 2020 will see the start of the study “Teachers in Adult Education–A Panel Study“ (TAEPS), which is jointly led by the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) and the German Institute for Adult Education–Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE). Over a period of six years, information on professionalization and on promoting the development of competencies of teachers in adult and further education will be gathered using standardized surveys and randomized field experiments. The project receives funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF).


It is the personnel in further education that is the most important factor in ensuring that adult and further education can attain the goals that clients, providers, and participants expect. With the TAEPS study, LIfBi and DIE are pursuing two projects. On the one hand, a lasting database will be created over several survey waves holding information on the qualifications, employment conditions, competency profiles, activities in and perceptions of further education, as well as the effect of training of teachers in further education. On the other hand, the collected data are processed and made available to the scientific community for further research.

Through the Center for Study Management (CSM) and the Research Data Center (RDC-LIfBi), LIfBi is contributing its expertise in the planning, preparation, and implementation of panel studies as well as the preparation and provision of Scientific Use Files to the cooperation project. Managing the project at LIfBi, Dr. Daniel Fuß is delighted: “This study give us the opportunity to close a significant gap in educational science data. TAEPS will be an enrichment for empirical research in the field of further education and the LIfBi data portfolio.”