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Darmstadt Study (Advanced 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:
    • Post-compulsory education
    • Youth
Free Keywords
Schema: TheSoz
social background; World War II; education; teacher; life planning
  • 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. Questionnaire for all respondents: social origin and occupation; occupations of parents; occupational career of parents; number of siblings and position in sibling sequence; one´s own bedroom; local residency; refugee; bombed out; whereabouts or living together with parents; possession of a car; number of living-rooms and one´s own room; house ownership; greatest concerns of parents; desired occupation; consent of parents with desired occupation; participation of parents in parents meetings; membership in a youth group and participation in social evenings; ideas about an ideal youth group; club membership; attitude of parents to youth groups and clubs. 2. The following additional questions were posed to schoolchildren in the 13th grade: favorite subjects; the route to school; conflicts in school; conduct of parents with school difficulties; homework; concept of an ideal teacher; preferred education goals for elementary schoolchildren and schoolchildren at higher levels; grades skipped and repeating a year; type of rewards for good grades; conduct of parents with bad grades; school grades and fairness; satisfaction with personal school achievements; judgement on the job of the class spokesman; duties of the pupils´ and parents´ council; participation of parents in parents meetings; further employment; earning money after school; preferred education style; greatest concerns and difficulties; judgement on the school and concepts of an ideal school; greatest concerns and difficulties of parents; judgement on the child-raising effort of parents; frequency of punishment; pocket-money and use of the money; marriage desire and desire for children; assessment of the future of Germany; leisure activities and friendships; perceived influence of the individual on the structuring of public life. 3. Encoding of compositions written by schoolchildren in the 8th grade for content analysis: the recording for content analysis was oriented on the description given in ZA Study No. 1575. Demography: age; sex; religious denomination; size of household; place of residence; place of birth; school; class.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1951
Geographic Coverage
  • Darmstadt (DE-HE-DAR)
    Darmstadt and vicinity
Sampled Universe
Schoolchildren in the 8th grade and census of schoolchildren in the 13th grade in Darmstadt and the municipalities Alsbach, Schneppenhausen, Spachbruecken and Ober-Mossau.
Probability; Total universe/Complete enumeration; Sampling Procedure Comment: Random selection
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire and content analysis
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 387
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
  • ZA1576 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Baumert, Gerhard: Jugend der Nachkriegszeit. Darmstadt 1952. (Gemeindestudie des Instituts für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Darmstadt, Monographie 4)
  • Kuhr, Irma: Schule und Jugend in einer ausgebombten Stadt. Darmstadt 1952. (Gemeindestudie des Instituts für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Darmstadt, Monographie 6)
  • 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: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

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