Learning Conditions and Student Orientations 2015/16

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Georg, Werner (Arbeitsgruppe Hochschulforschung, Universität Konstanz)
  • Multrus, Frank (Arbeitsgruppe Hochschulforschung, Universität Konstanz)
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Bonn, Berlin
Publication Date
  • Arbeitsgruppe Hochschulforschung, Universität Konstanz (Data Collector)
  • GESIS (Distributor)
  • GESIS (Hosting Institution)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • University, Research, the Sciences
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Post-compulsory education
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
Free Keywords
Schema: TheSoz
subject of study; duration of studies; choice of studies; career aspiration; course of academic studies; class; social relations; social attitude; political attitude; Learning behaviour
  • Abstract

    The Student Survey is a trend study on the development of the study situation and student orientations at universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany. The aim is to provide comparable information on the study conditions at German universities over time. The concept of the student survey aims at ´educational measeurments´ in the higher education sector. At the end of the 1970s, six areas were identified as the subject of such performance measurements and recorded with the survey instrument: Efficiency, qualification, evaluation, socialization, selection and placement. The student survey covers a wide range of topics: e.g. access to higher education, choice of subject, course of studies, study requirements, quality of studies, contacts and social climate, difficulties in studying, internationality, wishes and demands, but also questions on career choice and values as well as on social and political orientations. The core of the questionnaire has remained stable across the various surveys. Topics: 1. Admission, choice of subject, motives and expectations 2. Study strategies, course of studies, intensity, time and duration of studies 3. Study requirements, regulations and planning 4. Contacts and communication, social climate, counselling 5. Specialist studies and teaching situation 6. Student life, social situation, employment 7. Study quality and study income 8. Difficulties, impairments and burdens 9. Internationality and European Higher Education Area 10. Occupational values and areas of activity, career prospects and reactions to the labour market 11. Social perceptions and values 12. Political participation and democratic attitudes 13. Wishes and demands of the students Demography: age; sex; marital status; number of children; place of study (recoded); nationality; country of birth; nationality and country of birth of parents (migration background); disability or chronic illness; impairment of studies due to this disability or chronic illness; highest completed education level and professional qualification of parents; occupational status of parents. Additionally coded was: wave; serial no.; group survey tool; interview date (day and month).
Temporal Coverage
  • 2015-12-02 / 2016-04-28
    winter semester 2015/16
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Students at 16 German universities and 12 universities of applied sciences
Probability; Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper Self-administered questionnaire: CAWI (Computer Assisted Self-Interview)
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 415
The trend study ´Studiensituation und studentische Orientierungen´ at universities and universities of applied sciences has been in existence since the early 1980s; it is the most comprehensive continuous observation of the development of the study situation at universities in Germany. The first survey took place in the winter semester 1982/83, the subsequent surveys were carried out every two to three years. The 12th Student Survey was conducted in the winter semester 2012/13. Further studies of the series are archived under the ZA-Study-Nos. 1884, 1885, 2416, 2417, 3130, 3131, 3511, 4208, 4344, 4263, 5081, and 5126.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6793 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Multrus, Frank; Majer, Sandra; Bargel, Tino; Schmidt, Monika: Studiensituation und studentische Orientierungen: 13. Studierendensurvey an Universitäten und Fachhochschulen. Berlin: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), 2017
  • Multrus, Frank; Majer, Sandra: Methodenbericht zum 13. Studierendensurvey: Vergleich Papier-Onlinebefragung -Werkstattbericht-. Universität Konstanz: Arbeitsgruppe Hochschulforschung, Hefte zur Bildungs- und Hochschulforschung (95), 2017

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 19 | Registration Date: 2018-02-02