Preschool Education and Educational Careers among Migrant Children

Research question/goal: 

The main goal of this project is the explanation of ethnic differences in the acquisition of cultural and linguistic skills during preschool age. This is a very important question because these skills are the key to future educational success. A second goal of the project is the detailed analysis of the determinants of skills, their relative impact und their relationship to each other. Further, a theoretical model of educational investment during preschool age has to be developed and tested empirically. Finally, the role and effects of preschool attendance are examined.

Current stage: 

In September 2013, the interviews with families of third-graders were finished. A parent was interviewed face-to-face at home (CAPI); subsequently the standardized developmental test K-ABC and the school achievement tests DEMAT 3+ and WLLP were conducted with the target child. Additionally, families with children in fourth grade were interviewed via telephone (CATI). These families comprise about half of the sample. Simultaneously, all primary schools visited by children of our study are interviewed via postal and telephone survey. At the moment next years’ telephone survey with families of the remaining fourth-graders is under preparation. The survey will start in March 2014.

Fact sheet

2006 to 2014
Data Sources: 
Primary data collection
Geographic Space: 



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