PIAAC-Leibniz-Network (PIAAC-LN) Acquisition and use of competencies in adult age–Network on analysis, further advancement and dissemination of PIAAC

Within the scope of the proposed project, the acquisition and use of competencies shall be investigated in a German adult sample on the basis of PIAAC data 2012 and the PIAAC-L data. Therefore, on the one hand, the measurements collected by PIAAC are to be evaluated and integrated into the context of other measures of competence and basic cognitive skills. At the same time, alternative indicators will be tested, for example, regarding the acquisition of skill mismatch or the participation in further education. On the other hand, the acquisition and use of competencies is to be investigated in more detail. Pooling interdisciplinary expertise is essential for these research questions. Therefore, the project aims to develop a research network on the use and acquisition of competencies based on PIAAC data. The research findings can serve as an important foundation for the international advancement of PIAAC. In this respect, the participating Leibniz Institutes are aiming to strategically prepare and position themselves for consortia that are going to be established to carry out which have to be shaped for the next PIAAC-wave – beyond the approval period. Furthermore, the PIAAC-data as well as generated findings are to be provided for the scientific community.

Therefore, the project has the content-related aim of researching the acquisition and use of competencies as well as the strategic aim to present data, analysis potentials and findings from PIAAC to the interdisciplinary scientific community. An urgently required condition in order to reach these goals is the interdisciplinary networking of the involved Leibniz Institutes and cooperating scientists.

Project Management: Prof. Dr. Beatrice Rammstedt, GESIS

In cooperation with:

  • Prof. Dr. F. Goldhammer (DIPF)
  • Prof. Dr. O. Köller, Prof. O. Lüdke (IPN)
  • Prof. Dr. H.-G. Roßbach (LIfBi)
  • Prof. Dr. J. Schrader (DIE)
  • Prof. Dr. J. Schupp (DIW)
  • Prof. Dr. H. Solga (WZB)
  • Prof. Dr. L. Wößmann (ifo)
  • Prof. Dr. J. Baumert (MPI for Human Development)
  • Prof. Dr. C. H. Carstensen (University of Bamberg)
  • Prof. E. A. Hanushek (Hoover Institution, Stanford University, USA)
  • Prof. Dr. H. Kuper (FU Berlin)


Duration: February 1, 2015–December 31, 2018

Funding: Leibniz Association

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