National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), Focus on language proficiency of students with migration background (Pillar “Education Acquisition of Person with Migration Background”)

The project based in Berlin as part of the pillar “Education Acquisition of Person with Migration Background”  pursues the following goals:

  • Research of education acquisition of persons with migration background
  • Collection of migration-specific characteristics relevant to education
  • Development of testing procedures to measure immigrant students proficiency of their first language, i.e. the language of their parents' country of origin, in Russian and Turkish for grades 2, 7, and 9
  • Development of survey questions related to language proficiency of adolescents with migration background, e.g. self-assessed language proficiency, school-related and extracurricular language environments, participation at institutional language programs

In cooperation with:

  • Institute for Educational Quality Improvement (IQB)
  • Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi)
  • University of Bamberg (link)
  • Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES)

Project management of the pillar "Education Acquisition of Person with Migration Background": Prof. Dr. Cornelia Kristen

Project management of the subproject at the IQB: Prof. Dr. Petra Stanat

Contact: Prof. Dr. Petra Stanat (iqboffice[at]
Tatjana Taraszow (tatjana.taraszow[at]

Duration: 2009 - 2013, 2014 - 2016

Funding: BMBF (2009-2013), LIfBi (since 2014)

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