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National Child Development Study: Sample of Essays (Sweep 2, Age 11), 1969 (Study Number 5790)

Elliott, Jane (2008) National Child Development Study: Sample of Essays (Sweep 2, Age 11), 1969 (Study Number 5790). , UK Data Service

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This highly original dataset includes transcriptions of approximately 500 essays written by members of the 1958 British Birth Cohort Study (also known as the National Child Development Study) in 1969. The essays have also been coded for content and a quantitative dataset deposited alongside the essays with these codes and with key variables from the age 11 sweep of the study. When the children of the National Child Development Study (NCDS) were 11 years old, at the time of the NCDS 2 sweep, they were given a short questionnaire to complete at school about their interests outside school, the school subjects they enjoyed most, and what they thought they were most likely to do when they left secondary school. In addition, they were asked to write an essay about what they thought their life would be like at age 25. The instructions given were as follows: 'Imagine you are now 25 years old. Write about the life you are leading, your interests, your home life and your work at the age of 25. (You have 30 minutes to do this).' Of the 14,757 children who participated in the age 11 sweep of the NCDS a total of 13,669 (92.6%) completed an essay about their imagined life at age 25. From this a stratified sub-sample of essays was extracted for deposit based on three key variables: gender of the cohort member, social class and family background, and the ability of the cohort member using a general ability test. Essays were transcribed from microfiche and the original spelling and grammar was preserved.

Item Type: Other
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2013 13:38
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 10:46
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