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BCS70 user guide: Guide to the 2004 datasets

Author:  

Brian Dodgeon, Jane Elliott, Margaret Hancock, Jon Johnson, Samantha Parsons and Peter Shepherd

Description:  

This guide was prepared to accompany the deposit of the NCDS 2004/05 dataset at the UK Data Archive in January 2007.  It gives a comprehensive overview of the survey process and the data itself: the design, instruments, content, fieldwork, timetable, data coding and editing.

Date published:   15/02/2006

Date posted:   15/02/2007

BCS70 user guide: Activity Histories (1986-2008)

Author:   HANCOCK, M

Description:  

This document accompanies the deposit of the derived dataset of partnership histories from the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008/9 surveys of the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70). Data on work and non-work activities lasting one month or more have been collected in all BCS70 sweeps from sweep5 (age 26) onwards. The purpose of the BCS70 activity histories dataset is to merge all data on work and non-work activities, in the successive sweeps, into one longitudinal dataset.

Date published:   16/02/2012

Date posted:   16/02/2012

BCS70 user guide: 2004 data on assessment of symptoms associated with dyslexia

Author:   Samantha Parsons

Description:  

The age 34 survey of the 1970 British Cohort Study assessed symptoms associated with dyslexia using the Dyslexia Adult Screening Test (DAST). This guide provides details of the four exercises completed by cohort members, as well as information on how to calculate the DAST 'at risk quotient' score.

Date published:   03/09/2012

Date posted:   03/09/2012

BCS70 user guide: 2004 adult literacy and numeracy assessment data

Author:   Samantha Parsons

Description:  

This user guide accompanies data collected from literacy and numeracy assessments completed in the 2004 survey of the 1970 British Cohort Study. The literacy and numeracy assessments, which all BCS70 cohort members participating at age 34 completed, combined two methods of questioning: (1) open-response literacy and numeracy questions previously used to assess BCS70 cohort members’ functional literacy and numeracy skills at age 21, and (2) multiple-choice questions extracted from the 2002 Skills for Life Survey.

Date published:   08/08/2012

Date posted:   08/08/2012

BCS 42-month Sub-Survey - Guide to Dataset

Author:   Dept.of Child Health, University of Bristol

Description:  This is the Guide to the BCS70 22-month sub-survey dataset, deposited at the UK Data Archive

Date published:   01/12/1973

Date posted:   25/05/2005

BCS 22-month Sub-Survey - Guide to Dataset

Author:   Dept.of Child Health, University of Bristol

Description:  This is the Guide to the BCS70 22-month sub-survey, which is also available as part of the documentation for the original BCS70 Birth Survey, since both datasets were deposited at the Archive as a composite.

Date published:   01/06/1972

Date posted:   25/05/2005

BCS 21-year Sample Survey - Guide to Dataset

Author:   Sofia Despotidou, Peter Shepherd and Brian Dodgeon

Description:  This is the Guide to the BCS70 21-year Sample Survey dataset deposited at the UK Data Archive.  The version at the Archive contains the questionnaires, tests and assessment showcards as appendices, but for ease of downloading these have been stripped and are available separately from this site.

Date published:   01/07/2003

Date posted:   25/05/2005

BCS 1996 - Guide to the BCS70 26-year Dataset

Author:   Sophia Despotidou and Peter Shepherd

Description:  This Guide accompanied the deposit of the BCS70 1996 Data at the UK Data Archive.

Date published:   15/06/1996

Date posted:   24/05/2005

BCS 1986 - Guide to the Head Teacher Questionnaire Dataset

Author:   Brian Dodgeon

Description:  This Guide accompanied the deposit of the BCS70 1986 Head Teacher Questionnaire dataset at the Uk Data Archive in 2005.

Date published:   11/08/2005

Date posted:   01/01/2007

BCS 1986 - Guide to the APU Arithmetic Test Dataset

Author:   Brian Dodgeon

Description:  This guide accompanies the 16-year Arithmetic Test dataset, which did not appear with the initial deposit of 1986 BCS70 survey data, but which has been newly cleaned and documented, and is now available for analysis.

Date published:   16/01/2009

Date posted:   19/01/2009