Taiwan Education Panel Survey, abbreviated as TEPS, was a project planned under the collaborations of Academia Sinica, The Ministry of Education (consequentially undertaken by National Academy of Educational Research) and National Science Council, taking place from the year of 2000 to that of 2007. TEPS was the first long-term academic project that effectively collects information from students of various junior and senior high schools as well as other vocational colleges through designed surveys that aims to investigate various factors influencing their educational and individual conditions. In a brief, it is a fundamental data-base with great many referential values for the academic studies of Taiwan’s educations.
There’re two phases of investigations in TEPS. The first phase of investigation took place from the year of 2001 to that of 2003, abbreviated as Panel 1, and so forth.
The targets of each Panel were:
- 2001（the first wave）：The targets were the first-year junior high school students who were in the year of 1988/1989 (the selected samples were approximately 20000) and students of senior high schools and other vocational colleges who were born in the year of 1984/1985 (the selected samples were approximately 20000).
- 2003（the second wave）：The targets were the same groups of people from the first wave, and this panel emphasizes on students in their final school-year.
- 2005（the third wave）：The targets were students of high school students and other vocational colleges who were born in the year of 1988/1989 (the selected samples were approximately 20000), and4000 of them had been investigated in Panel when they were in their first and third year of junior high.
- 2007（the forth wave）：The targets were the same groups of people from the third wave, and this panel emphasizes on students in their final school-year.
There’re five features of TEPS：
- It collects information by means of surveys and focuses on how the condition of home and school could affect the students’ learning, from the perspectives of society and system.
- It provides the researchers with manifold facets and information acquired through long-term investigations.
- The range of our date-base contains students of various grades and schools.
- Due to the rapid changes of Taiwan’s educational system, this projects aims to collect information from approximately 40000 people of two grades to enable the possibilities in Quasi-Experimental Design in the analytical studies of the future.
- Most of all, all the resources are open to the general public once the data-base has been refined with our final touch of organization, and they will become assets of public domain – references for all sorts of policy-makings in the academy.
TEPS data-base has been opened to the general public under the trust from the Center for Survey Research, Academia Sinica, and there have been 437 journals and dissertations which have referential uses of TEPS data-base. Moreover, the research team in National Cheng-chi University would build even more connections between education-field and labor market in the consequential investigations.