Issue 2/2008, 14. Volume
Von der Schule in den Beruf: Youth in Transition Survey – Eine kanadische Längsschnittuntersuchung
Reforms of school structure are not only expected to improve educational opportunities for students. Rather they focus on the educational system itself to make adjustments required by current challenges of a globally changing world. Consequently, to implement educational reforms also means to arrange the future of individuals and the society they live in. To gain in depth knowledge about the reforma-tion processes, Canada decided to conduct a longitudinal study to document information of educa-tional pathways, conditions, and educational success of teenagers and young adults. The Youth in Transition Survey (YITS) collects data on two age cohorts that are currently proceeding from the gen-eral education system into occupational engagements. The present article initially gives an overview of both the German and the Canadian educational systems. It then presents some results from the YIT-Survey. These results at this point will neither be embedded in a broader scientific context, nor will any consequences be drawn for the German educa-tional system. The article does not aim at comprising the entire contents of the study. In connection with the two preceding articles, it rather wishes to give a short introduction into the Canadian YIT-Survey to call attention to a well established study, which can be, if any, a model for future panel stud-ies in Germany.