English title: Applying the ISCED–97 to the German educational qualifications
Author(s): Silke L. Schneider -
Type: Book chapter
This chapter of the volume "The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED-97): An Evaluation of Content and Criterion Validity for 15 European Countries" firstly describes the educational system and qualifications from pre-primary to vocational and university level education in Germany (including the most important changes since World War II). Then, the application of the ISCED-97 to German data is examined. A criterion validation is finally undertaken comparing the distributions of the ISCED-97 as found in the EU-LFS and as derived from the Mikrozensus. The way data is collected in Germany does usually not allow a perfect application of the ISCED-97. Firstly, ISCED 0 and 1 cannot be separated, and secondly ISCED 4B cannot be distinguished from ISCED 3B. Sometimes rather different qualifications are covered in a single country-specific education category, so that these have to be assigned to a single ISCED-category even if one of the qualifications does not really belong there. Apart from this, the coding of national data into the ISCED is pretty reliable, as the high degree of similarity between Mikrozensus and EU-LFS data shows. However the degree of aggregation of the ISCED-variable in the EU-LFS is too high to give an adequate representation of the distribution of educational attainment in Germany.
From page no: 76
To page no: 102
Anthology: The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED-97): An Evaluation of Content and Criterion Validity for 15 European Countries