Silke L. Schneider

Dr. Silke L. Schneider

Survey Design and Methodology
Fragebogendesign & -evaluation
Deputy head of team

B2 15
68159 Mannheim

+49 (0621) 1246 - 249
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Vita

Master's in Sociology at the University of Cologne, Germany, 2005 (minors: Psychology and Philosophy) with a thesis on anti-immigrant attitudes in Europe. DPhil at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, 2009 on the cross-nationally comparable measurement of educational attainment for comparative survey research. A number of recommendations developed in my doctoral thesis were subsequently implemented in the European Social Survey since round 5 (2010) and later also in other international surveys. Post-doctoral prize research fellow at Nuffield College (2009-2011). In 2011 I moved back to Germany to start working at GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim as scientific coordinator of the new GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology. From 2012 to 2015, I headed the training courses team at GESIS. From 2013 to 2017, I lead the project "Computer-Assisted Measurement and Coding of Educational Qualifications in Surveys (CAMCES)" funded through the Leibniz competition. In 2015 I moved to the department Survey Design and Methodolgy (SDM). Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Trinity Term 2015. From 2018 to 2023, I am heading the contribution by GESIS to the international PIAAC consortium for PIAAC Cycle 2 (data collection in 2021/22) focusing on the background questionnaire.

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Service


Consulting about survey data collection and harmonization of educational attainment in (especially comparative) surveys and about the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED), for example for the European Social Survey (ESS), Survey of Health and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), the European Values Study (EVS) and the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). 

Teaching, consulting and development of services around the measurement of socio-structural variables especially in cross-nationally comparative studies. 

Member of the "Demographic Standards" working group of ASI (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sozialwissenschaftlicher Institute e.V.),  ADM (Arbeitskreis Deutscher Markt- und Sozialforschungsinstitute e.V.) and the German Federal Statistical Office.

Reviewing for Acta Sociologica, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, British Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Sociology, Comparative European Politics, European Journal of Education, European Societies, European Sociological Review, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, International Migration, International Sociology, Journal of Refugee Studies, Mathematical Population Studies, Methodological Innovations, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Social Forces, Social Problems, Social Science Research, Sociology of Education, Survey Research Methods.

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Research

Substantive: social strati cation, education, migration, ethnicity, socio-political attitudes;
Methodological: cross-national research methods, survey methodology, survey data analysis, data quality.

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Publications

Publication

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Monograph

Schneider, Silke L.. 2009. Confusing credentials: the cross-nationally comparable measurement of educational attainment: DPhil thesis. Oxford: University of Oxford. http://ora.ouls.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid%3A15c39d54-f896-425b-aaa8-93ba5bf03529.

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Editorship

Schneider, Silke L., ed. 2008. The International Standard Classification of Education: An Evaluation of Content and Criterion Validity for 15 European Countries. Mannheim: Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialfoschung. http://www.mzes.uni-mannheim.de/publications/books/isced97.html.

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Journal article

Schneider, Silke L., and Anthony F. Heath. 2019. "Ethnic and cultural diversity in Europe: validating measures of ethnic and cultural background." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies online first. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1550150.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2018. "Education in OECD’s PIAAC Study: How Well Do Different Harmonized Measures Predict Skills?." mda : methods, data, analyses 12 (1): 151-176.

Massing, Natascha, and Silke L. Schneider. 2017. "Degrees of competency: the relationship between educational qualifications and adult skills across countries." Large-scale Assessments in Education 5 (6): 1-34. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40536-017-0041-y.

Ortmanns, Verena, and Silke L. Schneider. 2016. "Can We Assess Representativeness of Cross-National Surveys Using the Education Variable?." Survey Research Methods 10 (3): 189-210. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18148/srm/2016.v10i3.6608.

Ortmanns, Verena, and Silke L. Schneider. 2016. "Harmonization Still Failing? Inconsistency of Education Variables in Cross-National Public Opinion Surveys." International Journal of Public Opinion Research 28 (4): 562-582. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edv025.

Schneider, Silke L., and Nicole Tieben. 2011. "A healthy sorting machine? : Social inequality in the transition to upper secondary education in Germany." Oxford Review of Education 37/2 139-166. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2011.559349. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03054985.2011.559349.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2010. "Nominal comparability is not enough: (In-)equivalence of construct validity of cross-national measures of educational attainment in the European Social Survey." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 28 (3): 343-357. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rssm.2010.03.001. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0276562410000223.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2008. "Anti-immigrant attitudes in Europe: outgroup-size and perceived ethnic threat." European Sociological Review 24 (1): 53-67. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/esr/jcm034. http://esr.oxfordjournals.org/content/24/1/53.

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Contribution to edited volume

Schneider, Silke L.. 2018. "Das Bildungsniveau von Migrantinnen und Migranten: Herausforderungen in Erfassung und Vergleich." In Handbuch Diagnostische Verfahren für Migrantinnen und Migranten, edited by Débora B. Maehler, Alexandra Shajek, and Heinz Ulrich Brinkmann, Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Schneider, Silke L., Roberto Briceno-Rosas, Verena Ortmanns, and Jessica M. E. Herzing. 2018. "Measuring Migrants’ Educational Attainment: The CAMCES Tool in the IAB-SOEP Migration Samples." In Surveying the Migrant Population : Consideration of Linguistic and Cultural Issues, edited by Dorothée Behr, GESIS Schriftenreihe 19, 43-74. Köln: GESIS.

Wolf, Christof, Silke L. Schneider, Dorothée Behr, and Dominique Joye. 2016. "Harmonizing Survey Questions Between Cultures and Over Time." In The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology, edited by Christof Wolf, Dominique Joye, Tom W. Smith, and Yang-chi Fu, 502-524. London: Sage.

Schneider, Silke L., Dominique Joye, and Christof Wolf. 2016. "When translation is not enough: Background variables in Comparative Surveys." In The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology, edited by Christof Wolf, Dominique Joye, Tom W. Smith, and Yang-chih Fu, 288-307. London: Sage.

Schneider, Silke L., Alexia Katsanidou, Laurence Horton, and Christof Wolf. 2013. "Postgraduate training for acquiring social science data skills." In Understanding research infrastructures in the social sciences, edited by Brian Kleiner, Isabelle Renschler, Boris Wernli, Peter Farago, and Dominique Joye, 168-176. Lausanne: Seismo.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2013. "The International Standard Classification of Education 2011." In Class and stratification analysis, edited by Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund, Comparative Social Research 30, 365-379. Bingley: Emerald. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S0195-6310(2013)0000030017. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/books.htm?issn=0195-6310&volume=30&chapterid=17077188&show=abstract.

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Working and discussion paper

Briceno-Rosas, Roberto, Elisabeth Liebau, Verena Ortmanns, Lisa Pagel, and Silke L. Schneider. 2018. Documentation on ISCED Generation using the CAMCES tool in the IAB-SOEP Migration Samples M1/M2. SOEP Survey Papers: Series D – Variable Descriptions and Coding 579. Berlin: DIW/SOEP. https://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.608161.de/diw_ssp0579.pdf.

Heath, Anthony F., Silke L. Schneider, and Sarah Butt. 2016. Developing a measure of socio-cultural origins for the European Social Survey. GESIS Papers 2016/16. Köln: GESIS. urn: urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-49503-6 . http://www.ssoar.info/ssoar/handle/document/49503.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2016. The Conceptualisation, Measurement, and Coding of Education in German and Cross-National Surveys. GESIS Survey Guidelines. Mannheim: GESIS. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15465/gesis-sg_en_020.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2015. Die Konzeptualisierung, Erhebung und Kodierung von Bildung in nationalen und internationalen Umfragen. GESIS Survey Guidelines. Mannheim: GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15465/10.15465/gesis-sg_020.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2011. Measuring educational attainment. Survey Question Bank Topic Overview 6. http://www.surveynet.ac.uk/sqb/topics/education/sqb_education_schneider.pdf.

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Other article

Losi, Lucilla, Angelica Maineri, Ruud Luijkx, Silke L. Schneider, and Verena Ortmanns. 2019. "Measuring education in the ESS and EVS." In ESS Blog, https://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/findings/singleblog.html?a=/findings/blog/essblog0013.html.

Ortmanns, Verena, and Silke L. Schneider. 2015. "Harmonization of Educational Attainment Variables in Cross-national Surveys: The CAMCES-Project." Harmonization: Newsletter on Survey Data, Harmonization in the Social Sciences 1 (2), 5-6.

Talk

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Conference contribution

Schneider, Silke L., Roberto Briceno-Rosas, and Verena Ortmanns. 2018. "Computer-Assisted Measurement and Coding of Education in Surveys (CAMCES): Experiences from the LISS Panel." General Online Research Conference (GOR 2018), 02.03.2018.

Massing, Natascha, and Silke L. Schneider. 2017. "Education & Training - What is being Measured and What Needs to be Improved." PIAAC Research Conference, 05.04.2017.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2017. "Poster on Quality of the Educational Attainment Measures in OECD’s PIAAC Study." RC28 Spring Meeting 2017 - Social Inequality and Mobility Revisited – Challenges Through Recent Demographic Change, 30.03.2017.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2017. "Validity and comparability of the educational attainment measure in OECD’s PIAAC study." CSDI Workshop 2017.

Schneider, Silke L., Verena Ortmanns, Roberto Briceno-Rosas, and Jessica M. E. Herzing. 2016. "Computer Assisted Measurement and Coding of Education in Surveys (CAMCES): A new set of survey tools." Conference of European Statistics Stakeholders, 21.10.2016.

Schneider, Silke L., Verena Ortmanns, Roberto Briceno-Rosas, and Jessica M. E. Herzing. 2016. "Computer Assisted Measurement and Coding of Educational Qualifications in Multicultural Surveys (CAMCES): a new set of survey tools." 3MC International Conference, 26.07.2016.

Heath, Anthony F., and Silke L. Schneider. 2016. "Ethnic minorities, national minorities and national belonging." 3rd ESS Conference, 14.07.2016.

Schneider, Silke L., Roberto Briceno-Rosas, Jessica M. E. Herzing, and Verena Ortmanns. 2016. "Overcoming the shortcomings of long list showcards: Measuring education with an adaptive database lookup." 9th International Conference on Social Science Methodology (RC33 Conference), 13.09.2016.

Douhou, Salima, and Silke L. Schneider. 2016. "The use of labels on showcards with many response options: an explorative study using ESS data." 2016 International Conference on Questionnaire Design, Development, Evaluation, and Testing (QDET2), 12.11.2016.

Schneider, Silke L., and Anthony F. Heath. 2016. "Uncovering cultural and ethnic diversity in Europe: A new classification." 3rd ESS Conference, 14.07.2016. http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/docs/about/conference/SCHNEIDER_HEATH_Uncovering-ethnic-and-cultural-diversity.pdf.

Ortmanns, Verena, Silke L. Schneider, Jessica M. E. Herzing, and Roberto Briceno-Rosas. 2015. "Computer-assisted measurement and coding of educational qualifications in surveys (CAMCES)." International Workshop on Comparative Survey Design and Implementation (CSDI), 28.03.2015.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2015. "Measuring education in survey research: an overview." Frühjahrstagung der Methodensektion der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, 27.03.2015.

Schneider, Silke L., and Anthony F. Heath. 2015. "Measuring ethnicity in cross-national surveys." ECSR 2015 Conference 'Cumulative Inequalities in the Life Course', 11.09.2015.

Schneider, Silke L., and Natascha Massing. 2014. "Degrees of competency: the relationship between educational qualifications and adult competencies across countries." International conference: How do education systems shape educational inequalities?.

Massing, Natascha, and Silke L. Schneider. 2014. "Der Zusammenhang zwischen Bildungsqualifikationen und Grundkompetenzen in verschiedenen Ländern." Tagung der Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungsforschung (GEBF).

Herzing, Jessica M. E., and Silke L. Schneider. 2014. "Easy question, tricky answer: measurement quality of education questions." AAPOR 2014: 69th Annual Conference "Measurement and the Role of Public Opinion in a Democracy".

Ortmanns, Verena, and Silke L. Schneider. 2014. "Quality of education data collected in surveys in Europe: Comparing LFS, SILC, ISSP, EVS and ESS." 67th Annual Conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), 06.09.2014.

Schneider, Silke L., and Verena Ortmanns. 2014. "Quality of education data collected in surveys in Europe: comparing LFS, SILC, ISSP, EVS and ESS." European Conference on Quality in Official Statistics (Q 2014), 04.06.2014.

Herzing, Jessica M. E., and Silke L. Schneider. 2014. "Response latencies and data quality." GOR 14 : General Online Research Conference.

Schneider, Silke L., and Natascha Massing. 2014. "Zum Verhältnis von Bildungsabschlüssen und Kompetenzen Erwachsener im internationalen Vergleich." PIAAC-Forschungskonferenz.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2013. "So does it make a difference? The intergenerational association of education across countries using ISCED levels and alternative measures." ECSR conference 2013.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2013. "The international standard classification of education 2011 and its application in the European Social Survey." Comparative Survey Design Initiative (CSDI) Workshop 2013. http://csdiworkshop.org/v2/images/2013/CSDI2013_SilkeSchneider.pdf.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2012. "Educational attainment and non-economic outcomes across Europe." Cross-National Evidence from European Social Survey: Exploring Public Attitudes, Informing Public Policy in Europe.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2012. "Post-graduate training in survey methodology: the GESIS Summer School." ESA RN 21 midterm conference.

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Contribution not at conference

Schneider, Silke L., Verena Ortmanns, Roberto Briceno-Rosas, and Jessica M. E. Herzing. 2017. "Computer Assisted Measurement and Coding of Educational Qualifcations in Multicultural Surveys (CAMCES): A new set of survey tools." Symposium on „Surveying the migrant population: Consideration of linguistic and cultural aspects“, 14.03.2017.

Schneider, Silke L., and Verena Ortmanns. 2016. "Comparability of education measures across surveys revisited: Errors of observation and non-observation." Guest lecture at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LiFBi), 12.05.2016.

Schneider, Silke L., and Verena Ortmanns. 2016. "Comparability of education measures across surveys revisited: Errors of observation and non-observation." University of Vienna, Department of Methods in the Social Sciences, 27.04.2016.

Schneider, Silke L., Verena Ortmanns, Roberto Briceno-Rosas, and Jessica M. E. Herzing. 2016. "Computer Assisted Measurement and Coding of Educational Qualifications in Multicultural Surveys (CAMCES): a new set of survey tools." Uni Konstanz, Forschungskolloquium "Empirische Sozialforschung", 22.11.2016.

Schneider, Silke L., Verena Ortmanns, Roberto Briceno-Rosas, and Jessica M. E. Herzing. 2016. "Computer Assisted Measurement and Coding of Educational Qualifications in Multicultural Surveys (CAMCES): a new set of survey tools." Vortragsreihe „Refugees in Germany”, LIfBi – Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsverläufe e.V., 15.12.2016.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2015. "How useful is the International Standard Classification of Education for comparative survey research?." LEAD Graduate School Lecture Series, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, 08.12.2015.

Schneider, Silke L., and Natascha Massing. 2015. "What do we lose when analyzing skills using insufficient social background measures?: Evidence from the German PIAAC sample." MZES AB-A Kolloquium, Universität Mannheim, Mannheim, 20.10.2015, 20.10.2015.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2014. "Measurement of educational attainment in the ESS." Workshop "Measurement of social structure in the European Social Survey", Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, 25.04.2014.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2013. "Post-graduate training in social science research methods in Germany: the GESIS research methods training programme." Data without Boundaries (DwB) First Regional Workshop. http://www.dwbproject.org/export/sites/default/events/doc/dwb_regional_ws/5B_dwb_regional_-workshop_gesis-training_schneider.pdf.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2012. "Computer-assisted measurement and coding of educational qualifications in surveys (CAMCES)." 1st DASISH Qualititative Workshop on Digital Resources in International Survey Research.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2012. "ESS round 6 - The education consultation process." 1st DACE National Coordinators.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2012. "ISCED 2011 and its implementation in the European Social Survey - Useful for SHARE?." SHARE Wave 5 Post Pilot meeting.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2012. "Measurement and harmonisation of educational attainment using the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED)." NEPS-Kolloquium, Universität Bamberg, 01.06.2012.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2011. "Problematik der Messung und Vergleichbarkeit sowie Klassifikation von Abschlüssen." Herbsttreffen des BMBF-Promotionsbegleitprogramms "Empirische Bildungsforschung", Förderschwerpunkt „Sekundäranalysen“ am DIPF. http://www.empirische-bildungsforschung-bmbf.de/zeigen.html?seite=8287.

Teaching

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Seminar

Schneider, Silke L.. 2016. "Issues in comparative survey measurement: questionnaire design, data harmonisation and quality assurance: Methodenseminar für DissertantInnen, Fakultätszentrum für Methoden der Sozialwissenschaften." Universität Wien. FS 2016: 2 SWS.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2014. "Education and society from a cross-nationally comparative perspective." Universität Mannheim. FSS 2014: 2 SWS.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2012. "Proseminar "Bildung und Gesellschaft im Internationalen Vergleich"." Universität Mannheim. HWS 2012/2013: 2 SWS.

Organisation

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Event

Schneider, Silke L., and Evgenia Samoilova. 2014. "3rd GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology." Köln, 07.08.2014 - 29.08.2014.

Schneider, Silke L., and Evgenia Samoilova. 2013. "2nd GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology." Köln, 08.08.2013 - 30.08.2013.

Schneider, Silke L.. 2013. "Computer-assisted measurement and coding of education in surveys (CAMCES) preparatory workshop." Mannheim.

Schneider, Silke L., and Jürgen H.P. Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik. 2012. "1st GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology." Köln.