Education of the Germans Part A

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • DER SPIEGEL, Hamburg
Publication Date
  • EMNID-Institut, Bielefeld (Data Collector)
  • GESIS (Distributor)
  • GESIS (Hosting Institution)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Education
Free Keywords
Schema: TheSoz
general education; orthography
  • Abstract

    Knowledge test in the areas knowledge of German, religion, sports, politics, history, law, science and music. Topics: knowledge of selected personalities from politics, sport and science; knowledge of inventors; knowledge of selected terms; legal knowledge about sales contracts with door-to-door purchases; knowledge about the right to asylum; knowledge about the right to refuse to testify; knowledge about the right to vote and freedom of religion; knowledge of the age of majority; questions on right of ownership; knowledge of chemical formulas and the composition of the air; knowledge of the mass units for weight, electric power and volume; knowledge of the speed of light; historical knowledge; knowledge of the significance of historical dates; spelling knowledge; knowledge of syllabification; biological knowledge; knowledge of legal questions on abortion; frequency of attending sporting events and cultural events; frequency of use of calculator, computer, video recorder, CD player, reference works, telephone and bicycle; assignment of soccer clubs to the 1st national league and soccer players to their clubs; knowledge of sports data; knowledge of a foreign language and age at starting to learn French or Russian; knowledge of the seat of the European Parliament; party affiliation of selected prime ministers; knowledge of the Ten Commandments and the wording of the Lord´s Prayer; knowledge of terms and names from the Bible; assignment of classical works as well as works of Rock and Pop music to their composers or performers. Religiousness; occupational use of calculators, computers and foreign languages; frequency of reading books; interest in politics; self-classification on a left-right continuum; party preference; watching television in hours; specific choice of programs or zapping; possession of durable economic goods including bicycle, music instrument, Duden, lexicon, Bible and telephone; frequency of writing personal letters; difficulties with filling out forms; estimated number of books possessed in household; problem-solving ability of science; importance of all-round education.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1994-10 / 1994-11
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
The population 14 years old and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified sampling (ADM mastersample) according to a quota procedure outside of the last level.
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1004
    Number of Variables: 211
Survey unit: adults; teenagers### Due to the abundance of test material the survey was conducted in two parts. Part B is archived under ZA Study No. 2835.
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2834 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • DER SPIEGEL: Lücken und Leere. DER SPIEGEL 51, 15.12.1994, S. 92-114.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 96 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22