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: 

All data of the project have been prepared and anonymized for transfer to the GESIS data archive. Data documentation is complete, and the final technical report was published in the MZES Working Paper series. We are currently analysing the data in detail to answer open questions from the project proposal. Furthermore, we are preparing the final report, which will be finished until project completion in spring 2018.

Fact sheet

2006 to 2018
Data Sources: 
Primary data collection
Geographic Space: 



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Biedinger, Nicole (2010): Ethnische und soziale Ungleichheit im Vorschulbereich. Leipzig: Engelsdorfer Verlag. more
Esser, Hartmut (2006): Sprache und Integration. Die sozialen Bedingungen und Folgen des Spracherwerbs von Migranten. Frankfurt am Main und New York: Campus. more