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The Transfer to Secondary School

Resource Type
  • Fauser, Richard (Projekt Bildungsverläufe in Arbeiterfamilien, Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Fachgruppe Soziologie, Universität Konstanz)
  • Pettinger, Rudolf (Projekt Bildungsverläufe in Arbeiterfamilien, Sozialwissenschaftliche)
  • Schreiber, Norbert (Projekt Bildungsverläufe in Arbeiterfamilien, Sozialwissenschaftliche)
Publication Date
  • Projekt Bildungsverlaeufe in Arbeiterfamilien, Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultaet, Fachgruppe Soziologie, Universitaet Konstanz (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Education, School Systems
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Compulsory and pre-school education
  • Abstract

    Education expectations and ideas about further school education of children. Judgement on the school system and attitude to school matters Topics: The data set consists of several surveys: A) First parents complete survey: education aspiration; school attendance of one´s own children; personal school degree or that of spouse and school degree of one´s own parents; personal professional position or that of spouse. B) Second parents complete survey: type of school; education aspiration; judgement on the right assessment of the school development possibilities of one´s own child by the aptitude evaluation and perhaps reasons for the lack of agreement with this evaluation; school grades of the child in German and mathematics; employment of parents; importance of selected aspects for the selection of the type of school (scale). C) Second survey of worker families: 1. questions on the child attending the 5th grade: type of school attended; means of transport used on the way to school and time needed for this; judgement on behavior patterns and characteristics particularly promoted by current school (scale); participation in parents evenings during current school year. 2. school: frequency of conversations with teachers in this school year; learning difficulties; school grades of the child in the subjects German and mathematics; desired school degree; assumed upward social mobility of the child; judgement on one´s own knowledge about various types of school; perceived changes between current school and elementary school (scale); time expended for homework and frequency of providing help in doing homework; conduct when repeating a year; importance of educational goals of the school; attitude to cooperation between parents and teachers; interest in school matters; general judgement on the education system in the Federal Republic; desired school during attendance of the 4th grade; time of selection of the current type of school; school grades in German and mathematics; judgement on the assessment undertaken in the elementary school recommendation about the school development possibilities of the child and reasons for a lack of agreement with this evaluation; importance of selected aspects for selection of the type of school (scale); advice received from various groups of person in selection of the school; deciding persons for the school choice. 3. miscellaneous: most important prerequisites for occupational success (scale); judgement on the general economic situation in the Federal Republic; job satisfaction; job security. Demography: the following questions were posed regarding father and mother of child of interest: marital status; personal school education and school education of parents; occupational changes in the last 1 to 2 years; occupational position; status outside of occupation; monthly net income; change of residence in the last 1 to 2 years.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1982 / 1983
Geographic Coverage
  • Baden-Württemberg (DE-BW)
  • Berlin (DE-BE)
  • Lower Saxony (DE-NI)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
  • selected cities and municipalities in Baden-Wuerttemberg, West Berlin, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia
Sampled Universe
Parents whose children at the time of survey were in the last grade prior to transfer to secondary schools.
Collection Mode
  • Mail survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 3085
    Number of Variables: 353
In the so-called ´Second Parents Complete Survey´ of the fall of 1983, i.e. a year after the first survey, parents interviewed in the first survey were once again written to and asked for information on the school decision made in the meantime. For comparison reasons the data set also contains the information of the ´Second Worker Parents Survey´. The worker parents participating in the ´First Parents Complete Survey´ were interviewed in detail in a further investigation (ZA Study No. 1612).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1611 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Fauser, Richard: Der Übergang auf weiterführende Schulen: Soziale und schulische Bedingungen der Realisierung elterlicher Bildungserwartungen. Konstanz: Universität, Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Fachgruppe Soziologie, November 1984.
  • Fauser, Richard; Pettinger, Rudolf; Schreiber, Norbert: Der Übergang von Arbeiterkindern auf weiterführende Schulen: Bedingungen für Bildungserwartungen und Schulentscheidungen bei Familien angelernter Arbeiter und Facharbeiter. Konstanz: Universität, Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Fachgruppe Soziologie, April 1985.

Update Metadata: 2019-03-23 | Issue Number: 76 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Fauser, Richard; Pettinger, Rudolf; Schreiber, Norbert (1987): Der Übergang auf weiterführende Schulen. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.