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National Educational Panel Study (NEPS): Starting Cohort 6—Adults (SC6)

Research Question

As part of this substudy, data on educational and professional careers as well as on competence acquisition across adult life courses are being collected.
In order to be able to study adult education, the entire spectrum of educational activities and learning processes (formal, nonformal, and informal), and decisions resulting in their participation, as well as the previous life course of interviewees (especially the course of education and occupation, relationships, and children) are recorded in detail.

Test Language

German, Turkish, Russian

Test Period

Panel entry:August 2007 to April 2008, precursor study "Working and Learning in a Changing World (ALWA)

1st main study of master sample: February 2009 to August 2010, at least one survey per year

Test Area


Target Persons

ALWA panel: adults of birth cohorts 1956 to 1986
Since 2009: adults of birth cohorts 1944 to 1986

Population / Sample

Sample from the register of residents (with the selection stages communities and individuals). The sample contains individuals of Germany’s resident population from the birth cohorts 1944 to 1986, regardless of their employment status, their nationality, and their knowledge of the German language.

Sample Size

Panel entry (ALWA) in 2007/08: n = 10,404
1. Duration of fieldwork: complementary sample 2009/10: n = 11,649

Survey Procedure and Instruments

Computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI), computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), competence test (PAPI)

Link to the Detailed Description of the Study

Persistent Identifier

DOI: 10.5157/NEPS:SC6:3.0.1
DOI: 10.5157/NEPS:SC6:3.0.0
DOI: 10.5157/NEPS:SC6:1.0.0

Data Accessible via Research Data Centre

To the Study Documentation at the Research Data Center LIfBi: 

Information about the user conditions can be found here:


Dr. Daniel Fuß
Operational Manager
Phone: +49 951 / 863 - 35 11
Email: fdz[at]


The aim is to establish a diverse community of data users with different backgrounds, rather than a restricted group of experienced analysts. All researchers interested in working with the data must be accommodated to ensure not only equal research opportunities but also high-quality analyses. The training courses introduce the research design of the NEPS, the structure of data sets, terms and conditions of data usage, issues of privacy and data protection, and so on.
Day 1: obligatory for first time participants (basic program)
Day 2: for interested data users (optional)

More information and the current program is available here:

Related Data

National Educational Panel Study (NEPS): Starting Cohort 1—Early Childhood (SC1)
National Educational Panel Study (NEPS): Starting Cohort 2—Kindergarten (SC2)
National Educational Panel Study (NEPS): Starting Cohort 3—Grade 5 (SC3)
National Educational Panel Study (NEPS): Starting Cohort 4—Grade 9 (SC4)
National Educational Panel Study (NEPS): Starting Cohort 5—First-Year Students (SC5)

Additional studies:
National Educational Panel Study (NEPS): Organizational Reform Study in Thuringia (TH)
National Educational Panel Study (NEPS): G8 Reform Study in Baden-Wuerttemberg (BW)

Research Area(s)