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1970 British Cohort Study : Ten-Year Special Needs Survey, 1980 : SN7064

Dodgeon, Brian (2012) 1970 British Cohort Study : Ten-Year Special Needs Survey, 1980 : SN7064. UK Data Service, UK Data Archive, University of Essex

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The data set is an original output, being the first sub-sample of this very widely-used multidisciplinary longitudinal study which devotes itself entirely to those children with special needs: that is, those who scored in the bottom five per cent on the 10-year Reading or Maths Tests; or who were receiving Special Educational Treatment; or were regarded as having severe or moderately severe learning disabilities; or whose teachers applied for their inclusion because they considered the standard testing too hard for them. A large degree of rigour was applied to the process of designing the tests, owing to the heterogeneity of the sub-population of children with special educational needs: the presentation of the tests was modified for partially sighted and blind children, those with severe hearing loss, and those identified as having severe motor or locomotor disabilities (many of whom had significant hand-eye coordination problems). There was a need to develop sub-scales within the instruments that would yield more interesting and meaningful information than could be obtained from simpler tests with conceptually homogeneous scales of items, thereby illuminating the many factors which produce variation within this population. For instance, the Fundamental Concepts Test was designed from scratch, using counters of varying shapes, colours and sizes, to look at the child’s ability to distinguish differing shapes/patterns, relative length, volume and number, as well as concepts of conservation and seriation: the idea was to tease out the factors driving the child’s low performance in conventional tests, besides illuminating their individual strengths. The Harris-Goodenough ‘Human Figure Drawing Test,’ is suggested by Dale Harris as indicative of ‘conceptual maturity,’ as opposed to IQ. The dataset was made available in September 2012, and its significance has been demonstrated by the fact that in its first 7 months of availability it was downloaded by 18 researchers: 14 from the UK, 3 from the USA and one from Estonia. None have yet had time to publish their results in peer-reviewed journals.

Item Type: Other
Controlled Keywords: Learning and outcomes
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2014 11:20
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 10:46
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