Program Analysis and Its Relevance for Educational Research


  • Bernd Käpplinger Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung Bonn



program analysis, research on further education, integration of methods, qualitative research, quantitative research


Program analyses are frequently used in research on continuing education. The use of such analyses will be described in this article. Existing data sources, research topics, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, will be discussed. Three types of program analysis will be developed. The article ends with a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of program analysis in contrast to questionnaires. Future developments and challenges will be sketched in the conclusion. Recommendations for the future development of program analysis will be given. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0801379


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Author Biography

Bernd Käpplinger, Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung Bonn

Dr. Bernd KÄPPLINGER, Erziehungswissenschaftler im Bereich Erwachsenenbildung/Weiterbildung. Arbeitsschwerpunkte: Betriebliche Weiterbildung, Abschlüsse und Zertifikate in der Weiterbildung, Beratung in der Weiterbildung, qualitative und quantitative Methoden der Sozialforschung, international vergleichende Weiterbildungsforschung.



How to Cite

Käpplinger, B. (2008). Program Analysis and Its Relevance for Educational Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(1).