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Adult Education Survey (AES)
Erhebung über Erwachsenenbildung (AES)

Topic
Education and Learning
Uses of Technology
Relevance for this Topic
Country Germany
URL
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Governance

Contact information

Frauke Bilger / Infratest TNS
TNS Infratest Sozialforschung GmbH
Landsberger Straße 284
80687 München
Germany
Phone: +49 89 5600-1696
Fax: +49 89 5600-1730
Email: frauke.bilger(at)tns-infratest.com
Url: www.tns-infratest.com/.../...ungsforschung_AES.asp

Timeliness, transparency


Type of data


Survey

Type of Study

Cross-section, regular

Data gathering method

Face-to-face interview (CAPI, PAPI)

Type of data


Survey

Type of Study

Cross-section, regular

Data gathering method

Face-to-face interview (CAPI, PAPI)


Access to data


Data available via GESIS - Study No. ZA5074: Adult Education Survey (AES 2010 - Germany)

Conditions of access


Data can be downloaded after registration at no cost ; data and documents are free for academic research and teaching.


depending on individual case


anonymised microdata, 3 data sets: personal data set with all respondents, activity data set with all educational activities recorded by the respondents, data set with all informal self- learning activities recorded by the respondents


SPSS, STATA


Data is available in German only.

Access to data


Data available via GESIS - Study No. ZA5074: Adult Education Survey (AES 2010 - Germany)

Conditions of access


Data can be downloaded after registration at no cost ; data and documents are free for academic research and teaching.


depending on individual case


anonymised microdata, 3 data sets: personal data set with all respondents, activity data set with all educational activities recorded by the respondents, data set with all informal self- learning activities recorded by the respondents


SPSS, STATA


Data is available in German only.


Coverage


Preceding survey – Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW) (partly comparable): Data was collected in 1979, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2007. AES: Wave 1: Data collected in 2007 with a sample size of approximately 7,000 individuals. Wave 2: Data collected in 2010 with a sample size of approximately 7,000 individuals.


(BSW: 1979) AES: 2007


Multiple stratified random sample (ADM-standard)


population in private households ages 18 to 64 years


NUTS1-federal states, East-West Germany


persons between 18 and 64 years


East-West Germany, federal states


The survey monitors learning activities of adults as a part of the national education reporting and as a part of European official statistics. All kinds of education in adult age are reported: formal education (attending regular vocational training), non-formal education (attending further training) and informal learning activities.


• Bilger, F. Weiterbildungsverhalten von Personen mit Migrationshintergrund – Ein nach wie vor ein wenig erforschtes Feld. In: Hessische Blätter für Volksbildung Ausgabe 04 /2011, S. 353 – 360, Hessischer Volkshochschulverband, Frankfurt am Main. • Kaufmann, Katrin. Informelles Lernen im Spiegel des Weiterbildungsmonitorings. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2012. • Kaufmann, Katrin, & Widany, Sarah. Berufliche Weiterbildung – Gelegenheits- und Teilnahmestrukturen. In: Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft (ZfE) 16 (1) (2013): 29-54. • Rosenbladt, B. von, & Bilger, F. (Hrsg.). Weiterbildungsbeteiligung 2010 – Trends und Analysen auf Basis des deutschen AES. Abschlussbericht zum Forschungsvorhaben „Erhebung zum Weiterbildungsverhalten in Deutschland 2010“, durchgeführt im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung. Wbv: Bielefeld, 2011. • Rosenbladt, B. von. Adult Education and Training in Comparative Perspective – Indicators of Participation and Country Profiles. In: Statistics in Transition – New Edition, Issue 2010/3. • Rosenbladt, B. von. Vom „Berichtssystem Weiterbildung“ zum „Adult Education Survey“ – Aussagekräftige Indikatoren in der Weiterbildung? In: Tippelt, R. (Hrsg.): Steuerung durch Indikatoren. Methodologische und theoretische Reflektionen zur deutschen und internationalen Bildungsberichterstattung. Opladen & Farmington Hills, 2009. • Rosenbladt, B. von, & Bilger, F. Weiterbildungsverhalten in Deutschland. Band 1: Berichtssystem Weiterbildung und Adult Education Survey 2007, Bonn, Bielefeld. • Rosenbladt, B. von, & Seidel, S. Weiterbildungsbeteiligung im internationalen Vergleich. In: Rosenbladt /Bilger (2008):193 – 211.

Coverage


Preceding survey – Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW) (partly comparable): Data was collected in 1979, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2007. AES: Wave 1: Data collected in 2007 with a sample size of approximately 7,000 individuals. Wave 2: Data collected in 2010 with a sample size of approximately 7,000 individuals.


(BSW: 1979) AES: 2007


Multiple stratified random sample (ADM-standard)


population in private households from 18 to 64 years


NUTS1-federal states, East-West Germany


persons between 18 and 64 years


East-West Germany, federal states


Monitoring of learning activities of adults as a part of the national education reporting and as a part of European official statistics. All kinds of education in adult age are reported: formal education (attending regular vocational training), non-formal education (attending further training) and informal learning activities. Uses of technologies: usage of computers and internet in working time and leisure time, activities done at the computer or on the internet, level of competence.


• Rosenbladt, B. Von. Adult Education and Training in Comparative Perspective – Indicators of Participation and Country Profiles. In: Statistics in Transition – New Edition, Issue 2010/3. • Rosenbladt, B. Von. Vom „Berichtssystem Weiterbildung“ zum „Adult Education Survey“ – Aussagekräftige Indikatoren in der Weiterbildung? In: Tippelt, R. (Hrsg.): Steuerung durch Indikatoren. Methodologische und theoretische Reflektionen zur deutschen und internationalen Bildungsberichterstattung. Opladen & Farmington Hills, 2009. • Rosenbladt, B. Von, & Bilger, F. Weiterbildungsverhalten in Deutschland. Band 1: Berichtssystem Weiterbildung und Adult Education Survey 2007, Bonn, Bielefeld, 2008. • Rosenbladt, B. Von, & Seidel, S. Weiterbildungsbeteiligung im internationalen Vergleich. In: Rosenbladt /Bilger (2008):193 – 211.


Linkage


• ISCO 1988: International Standard Classification of Occupation, 1988 • ISCED, ISCED-Field: International Standard Classification of Education • NACE: Nomenclature statistique des activités économiques dans la Communauté Européenne, Code of economic sectors • CLA: Classification of Learning Activities


Linkage by data user not possible

Linkage


• ISCO 1988: International Standard Classification of Occupation, 1988 • ISCED, ISCED-Field: International Standard Classification of Education • NACE: Nomenclature statistique des activités économiques dans la Communauté Européenne, Code of economic sectors • CLA: Classification of Learning Activities


Linkage by data user not possible


Data quality


Not analysed


Change from the national survey “Berichtssystem Weiterbildung” (BSW) to the European “Adult Education Survey” (AES) in 2007.


The AES data set is consistent, but there were some changes after transition from BSW to AES (e.g. other grouping of learning activities).

Data quality


Not analysed


Change from the national survey “Berichtssystem Weiterbildung” (BSW) to the European “Adult Education Survey” (AES) in 2007.


AES data set is consistent, but there were some changes after transition from BSW to AES (e.g. other grouping of learning activities).


Applicability


The AES is a monothematic survey and records information on different educational activities in adult age in a very detailed manner. The data set is appropriate for trend analysis because it is a repeated cross-sectional survey. It is also suitable for comparing analyses within the EU-member states. Such analyses were carried out with the data of the AES 2007, in which most of the EU-member states took part. A variety of socio-demographic information is recorded, e. g. the educational background of the respondents and their parents, labour status, sector and size of company, job and occupational status, income and so on. Besides educational and occupational items, context information is recorded only to a limited extent. AES data are cross-sectional, so longitudinal analyses are not possible.

Applicability


The AES is a monothematic survey and records information on different educational activities in adult age in a very detailed manner. The data set is appropriate for trend analyses as it is a repeated cross-sectional survey. It is also suitable for comparing analyses within the EU-member states. Such analyses were conducted with the data of AES 2007, in which most of the EU-member states took part. A variety of socio-demographic information is recorded, e. g. the educational background of the respondents and their parents, labour status, sector and size of company, job and occupational status, income. Educational issues are the focus of the AES, but there is also information on the usage of ICT: usage of computers and internet during working time and during leisure time, computer-based and internet-based activities, level of competence. Apart from educational and occupational items, context information is recorded only to a limited extent. The AES data are cross-sectional, so longitudinal analyses are not possible.


  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Andreas Motel-Klingebiel
  • (see Partners)