The panel study “Teachers in Adult Education – A Panel Study” (TAEPS) aims to investigate the employment conditions and qualifications of teaching staff in the overall field of adult and continuing education as well as the possibilities for targeted promotion of professional competencies. It is the largest study of its kind to date. The infas Institute was commissioned by the TAEPS project team at the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Center for Lifelong Learning e.V. and the Leibniz Institute for Educational Progress (LIfBi) to conduct the survey of continuing education institutions and companies as well as teaching staff. As part of the study, 6,000 teachers from approximately 1,000 continuing education institutions and companies active in continuing education will be recruited and surveyed repeatedly in three waves (2022, 2024 and 2026). To gain access to instructors, continuing education institutions and companies that offer in-house continuing education will be surveyed first. At the end of the interview, the institutions and companies will be asked to inform their teaching staff about the TAEPS study and to forward recruitment materials through which teaching staff can register for the study.

Since the teachers are already recruited in the first survey wave and the same sample is to be used in the subsequent survey waves, no new recruitment is planned for the further survey waves in 2024 and 2026. A pilot study was conducted prior to the main survey.