Preschool Education and Educational Careers among Migrant Children

Research question/goal: 

Results from the first stage of the project showed that ethnic educational inequality starts early in life and children of immigrants start their school career with clear disadvantages in some domains (esp. in the field of language). The current project stage analyses the long-term consequences of these early disadvantages for children of Turkish origin. A main research question is whether early ethnic skill differences (especially in the language domain) influence the transition after primary school or whether primary schools are able to compensate for these differences. Long-term consequences of preschool education (in combination with primary school effects) will also be analysed.

Current stage: 

In the middle of 2014, we finished the interviews of the primary schools which were attended by the children in our study. In October 2014, the second part of the telephone interviews with the second half of all families was completed. Currently, the data and documentations of all previous waves are harmonized with each other. The last telephone interviews are planned in April 2015. These include the remaining families whose children were not registered for the secondary school in the last wave. Furthermore, the writing of the technical report is planned for 2015.

Fact sheet

2006 to 2016
Data Sources: 
Primary data collection
Geographic Space: 



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