ManKobE: Mathematics and Science Competencies in Vocational Education and Training


The objective of ManKobE is to learn more about the significance of school-acquired mathematical and scientific competences for initial vocational training in MINT professions (Mathematics, Information Technology, Natural Sciences, and Technology).

ManKobE is a longitudinal study that began in 2012 with a total of four points of measurement: one each at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of vocational training; the final survey will be taken by post, after completion of training (i.e., without involving the schools). A sample of 3000 trainees from a choice of eight training programs is being assessed in five of the German federal states. In addition, the head trainers in each of the participating training programs are asked to evaluate the tests.

More detailed information can be found at the Mankobe website.

Our partners

Overall responsibility for ManKobE lies with Professor Dr Olaf Köller and Professor Dr Jan Retelsdorf at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) at the University of Kiel. The study is conducted in cooperation with the IPN, the University of Stuttgart (Professor Dr Reinhold Nickolaus), and the University of Paderborn (Professor Dr Esther Winther).

The IEA’s contribution

The IEA’s contribution to ManKobE consists of tasks associated with sampling, field operations, data coding, and data management.


Oriana Mora +49 40 48500 631 – mankobe [at]