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National Educational Panel Study (NEPS): Additional Study Thuringia (TH)

Research Question

Many German Federal States are currently reforming the curriculum and the organization of the Gymnasiale Oberstufe (final years in upper secondary education qualifying for higher education). In general, these changes aim towards a stronger emphasis on general education and a restriction of the differentiation (consolidation) in the Leistungskurs-Grundkurs-System (system of advanced and basic courses) during the last two years of Gymnasiale Oberstufe. The survey on the reform of the Leistungskurs-Grundkurs-System within the National Educational Panel Study was conducted for the graduation years of 2010 (last age group not affected by the reform) and 2011 (first reformed age group) in Thuringia.

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Test Period

1st field phase: January 2010 (last age group not affected by the reform)
2nd field phase: January 2011 (first reformed age group)

Test Area

Thuringia (Germany)

Target Persons

Grade 12 students in Thuringia

Context Persons

Parents of selected students and Grade 12 teachers at selected schools teaching mathematics, German, English, biology, chemistry, and physics.

Population / Sample

Access to the population of all Grade 12 students in Thuringia was gained via simple random sampling of 32 schools leading to upper secondary education and Abitur (Gymnasien) considered under an explicit stratification. The first stratum comprised all Gymnasien with a focus on natural sciences; the second stratum contained all remaining Gymnasien in Thuringia. Within these two strata a simple random sampling was performed. All students in Grade 12 at these schools were invited to participate in this survey.

Sample Size

1st field time: n = 1,372
2nd field time: n = 900

Survey Procedure and Instruments

Written questionnaires and competence tests (PAPI):
To record possible effects of the reform, achievement tests (Fachleistungstests) in the fields of mathematics, physics, biology, and English, questions about the students’ social background, a test on cognitive abilities, and questionnaires were applied to record possible effects of the reform. In addition, the parents and subject teachers of the 12th graders were included in the survey.

Link to the Detailed Description of the Study

Persistent Identifier

DOI: 10.5157/NEPS:TH:2.0.0
DOI: 10.5157/NEPS:TH:1.0.0

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

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

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