conversion from national educational classification to ISCED
Dear support team,
I am working on a German-British comparison. Therefore I need comparable information on ISCED. This variable exists in BHPS, but not in Understanding Society. As ISCED exists in BHPS there should be also some code on the conversion rules applied. Unfortunately, I cannot find it in the documentation. Can you help me out with that?
Many thanks and all the best,
#1 Updated by Victoria Nolan about 3 years ago
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Many thanks for your enquiry. Unfortunately it won’t be possible until wave 9 of Understanding Society for you to develop ISCED for Understanding Society in a similar way to what currently exists for BHPS. Please let us know a bit more about your project and we may be able to advise alternative interim strategies that you could use.
Best wishes, Victoria
#3 Updated by Sabine Hübgen about 3 years ago
sorry for the late response. I am working on a German-British comparison of lone mothers' poverty risks. As you can imagine, education is quite an important characteristic for my analyses. But for my analyses I don't necessarily need to differentiate between all ISCED categories, 3 categories (low, medium, high) would also do. The more important issue is comparability across countries.
Thanks a lot and kind regards,
#4 Updated by Victoria Nolan about 3 years ago
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Deriving measures of educational qualifications that map onto the ISCED framework is not currently possible with Understanding Society data, although changes in data collection mean that it should be possible from Wave 9 onwards. In the meantime it may still be feasible to conduct comparative analyses using education qualification data in Understanding Society, although this would require you to use your knowledge of the qualification frameworks in each relevant country (UK and Germany) to construct a bespoke harmonised measure.
This will be highly dependent on your research project - however if you would like to discuss this further with us please let us know and we can put you in touch with our collegaue wwho has worked on this.
Best wishes, Victoria.