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On the relationship between life course and agency

Prof. Dr. Marlis Buchmann, Institute of Sociology at the University of Zurich, introduced her research program as part of the Fall School of the Priority Programme 1646, which was held at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi).

The Priority Programme 1646 “Education as a Lifelong Process. Analyzing Data of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS)” funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) traditionally holds its annual meeting on the premises of the LIfBi in Bamberg.

As part of the Fall School, Marlis Buchmann, Chair of the LIfBi Board of Trustees, discussed research projects with junior scientists and subsequently introduced four findings of her own research program during her presentation. The data basis was in each case the Swiss Survey of Children and Youth (COCON) which, similarly to the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), accompanies children and young people in a long-term perspective. Furthermore, both surveys collect data and information from context persons in the family and the education system for their analysis. Buchmann’s findings on the interaction of parental expectations regarding educational success and the performance potential of their children as well as the development of competencies during childhood were particularly compatible; here she identified the children’s academic self-concept as the driver of development.

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