Education Acquisition with a Migration Background in the Life Course
As part of Pillar 4 “Education Acquisition with Migration Background in the Life Course”, the project is a core component of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). Problems of ethnic penalties and their (causal) linkage to general mechanisms of educational inequality are emphasized in addition to other main foci of NEPS. Prior research has shown that pupils with a migration background show lower school competencies, end up in less advantageous educational tracks, and receive lower returns than peers without a migration background. Some hypotheses and mechanisms have been tested in recent analyses. Conflicting theoretical explanations of these inequalities have been proposed. But appropriate data for severe tests of these mechanisms are missing to date – at least in the case of Germany. Helping to close that gap is one central aim of this project within NEPS. To this end, the working group at the MZES designs and further develops instruments to measure ethnic resources and cultural orientations, especially social capital, segmented assimilation, identity, acculturation, religion, perceived discrimination, and transnationalism. These instruments are applied in several NEPS studies from kindergarten to lifelong learning.
In 2015, we refined migration specific instruments which were used in all six main data collections. In particular, we developed an instrument for measuring perceived discrimination of college/university students. We contributed to data preparation for the scientific use files, created preload data for use in CAPI-, CATI- and online studies, evaluated the results of new waves and Scientific Use Files. Migration specific instruments were evaluated based on previous studies und refined for further use in the future. Particular attention was given to the use of these instruments in future studies for panel analyses.