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Darmstadt Study (Elementary Schools)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Institut für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Darmstadt
Publication Date
  • G. Baumert, Institut fuer Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Darmstadt (Data Collector)
  • GESIS (Distributor)
  • GESIS (Hosting Institution)
  • ZA:
    • Education, School Systems
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Youth
    • Children
Free Keywords
Schema: TheSoz
social background; gainful occupation; life planning; education
  • Abstract

    Family and living conditions as well as conduct and attitudes of young people. Besides a survey compositions were evaluated and encoded for content analysis. Topics: 1. Content of the questionnaire: father missing, in captivity or deceased; occupation and activity of father as well as of mother; social origins; working hours of mother; number of siblings; position in sibling sequence; person responsible for housework and child care; one´s own child´s bed; local residency; refugee; bombed out. 2. Content analysis encoding of schoolchildren´s compositions with 5 different topics: 1. playing, 2. how I spend the day, 3. my life in school, 4. how we live at home, 5. what gives me the most fun and what I do not like (each child received only one of the topics). Encoded was: number of statements about father, mother, family, siblings, friends, school, teachers, playing, residence, organizations; critical faculty; number of statements about prohibitions, desires and pleasure-oriented emotional states; adventures reported; formal recording of type as well as extent of report; number of mistakes and script; optimistic statements about the future; number of mentions of playing and manners of play as well as toys; mention of money, food and social situation. On topic of playing: description of the play situation and preferred playmate. Course of the day: occupations during the course of the day. School: favorite subjects; the route to school; judgement on teachers; criticism of school friends; criticism of material conditions at school; mention of punishments; judgement on the school. At home: occupation with siblings and relationship to them; desire for siblings; pocket-money and use of money; playmates and friends; helping in household. Pleasure and fun: pleasure with manual activity and particular inclinations; sympathy with others; concerns and desires; political observations. Future plans: desired occupation of respondent and concepts of parents; further school attendance and desires for life in the future; marrying and having children; assumed attitude of parents to personal plans. Demography: age; sex; religious denomination; size of household; place of birth; place of residence; school; class.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1949 / 1950
Geographic Coverage
  • Darmstadt (DE-HE-DAR)
    Darmstadt and vicinity
Sampled Universe
The 9 to 10 year-old schoolchildren of the 4th and 13 to 14 year-old schoolchildren of the 8th elementary school grades in Darmstadt and in the municipalities Alsbach, Schneppenhausen, Spachbruecken and Ober-Mossau
Probability; Sampling Procedure Comment: Random selection
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire
  • Content coding
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1492
The ZA Study Nos. 1572 to 1577 are part of a comprehensive investigation about the socio-economic life of a medium-size, bombed-out city and its surrounding area. The study is also known as ´German middle town survey´.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1575 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Baumert, Gerhard: Jugend der Nachkriegszeit. Darmstadt 1952. (Gemeindestudie des Instituts für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Darmstadt, Monographie 4)
  • Anderson, Nels: Die Darmstadt-Studie - Ein informeller Rückblick. In: König, Rene (Hrsg.): Soziologie der Gemeinde. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. Sonderheft 1. Köln und Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1956, S. 144 - 151.
  • Ferber, Christian von: Die Gemeindestudie des Instituts für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Darmstadt. In: König, Rene (Hrsg.): Soziologie der Gemeinde. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. Sonderheft 1. Köln und Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1956, S. 152 - 171.
  • Arnold, Alexia: Reorientation durch Wissenschaftstransfer: Eine wissenschaftsgeschichtliche Rekonstruktion der Darmstadt-Studie (1948-1954) aus soziologischer Perspektive. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft 2010 (Schriftenreihe Theorie und Geschichte der Soziologie, Band 1)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 92 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Institut für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Darmstadt (1972): Darmstadt-Studie (Volksschulen). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.