Research purpose: to explore typical educational-occupational trajectories, to analyze those factors that influence their development, and to describe interpretively these typical trajectories.
Empirical base of the research: there are several cohort panels, surveyed at intervals of between one and three years. The study’s main panel is the national panel based on the TIMSS 2011 8th grade sample (42 regions, env. 5000 students). Panel participants were interviewed in their 9th grade, and again two years later. These subjects also participated in PISA testing. There are two pilot regions (Yaroslavskaya oblast and the Republic of Tatarstan) where 9th-graders and senior university students have been surveyed twice since 2009 as part of cohort panels. Two student panels were also initiated in Moscow (2000 respondents) and Saint Petersburg (4000 respondents). In 2012 a sub-program, “Tagged Atom”, was implemented in order to improve the interpretive base of the research with in-depth interviews that cover approximately 1%-2% of the entire panels.
Research results: The basic result is the implementation of the educational-occupational cohort longitudinal panel study. Such a study is unique for contemporary Russia. In 2013, the second wave of this research was performed in a national panel of school students and as part of the Moscow student panel. An analysis of methodological problems related to panel studies, consultations with experts and workshops all resulted in an elaboration of techniques for finding and surveying panel participants and panel support between waves. These methods and procedures, aimed at improving response rates, were implemented and tested in fieldwork carried out during 2013. The analytical results in 2013 are based on previously gathered data in the Yaroslavl and Tatarstan regions. Factors influencing academic / non-academic track choices among 9th graders were studied, as well as the role of family characteristics and values systems in the choice of specialisation at university. Qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews made it possible to account for the role of the category "success" in our understanding of trajectories. This interviews analysis also shed light on the impact of the introduction of the Unified State Exam on attitudes toward paid education.
Implementation of research results: The research results are oriented towards the field of base research, as well as aiming to inform social policy in education quality assessment, school management and other related areas.International partners:
Dr. Hans-Peter Blossfeld (Otto Friedrich University Bamberg, “eduLIFE” project, Florence),http://www.soziologie-blossfeld.de/Blossfeld-Hans-Peter-Prof-Dr-rer-pol-Dr-h-c.14.0.html;
Dr. Martin Carnoy, (Stanford Graduate School of Education),http://ed.stanford.edu/faculty/carnoy;
Dr. Anna Lund (Linnaeus University, Sweden),http://lnu.se/employee/anna.lund?l=en;
Yuliya Kosyakova (“eduLIFE” project, Florence),http://www.soziologie-blossfeld.de/Kosyakova-Yuliya.208.0.html;
Dr. Katrin Kullasepp (Tallinn University);
Dr. Werner Binder (Masaryk University, Brno), http://www.muni.cz/fss/people/119115