Now we are 50: Key findings from the National Child Development Study
Now we are 50In 2008 we launched a report to mark 50 years of the National Child Development Study. The publication provides a summary of 50 years of social change in Britain and explains how the study’s many findings have helped to shape decision-making in policy areas such as education, employment, housing and health.
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We also produced a timeline for 1958-2008, which reports findings from each of the surveys, highlights the study’s policy impacts and reflects events and cultural changes that have occurred since you were born. You can download that here.
Changing Britain, changing lives: three generations at the turn of the century
Research based on the information you have given us over the years has helped decision-makers understand changes in society, and plan new ways of offering help where help is needed. One of the major publications of the last few years is the book Changing Britain, Changing Lives, which was published in 2003.
This book provides a unique insight into social change in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century. It draws on three internationally renowned British birth cohort studies, based on tracking samples of people born in one week in 1946, 1958 and 1970 through surveys from birth, through childhood and adolescence and into adulthood. In 1999–2000 all three cohorts were surveyed in the same period, which provided the first-ever opportunity for a direct comparison of the lives of the three groups of people.
Each chapter in Changing Britain, Changing Lives covers a major aspect of life – family and parenting, qualifications and employment, income and living standards, physical and mental health, life styles and health behaviour, citizenship and social participation – and is written by leading analysts in that area. The book will be a valuable resource for those working in education, the social sciences, community medicine and epidemiology, and for anyone who seeks insight into the changing conditions of life in Britain today.
This publication can be ordered from the Institute of Education Bookshop which stocks a full range of education titles.
We are sorry that we can’t afford to send you all a free copy of the book. Instead we summarised the findings in the magazine, Changing Britain, Changing Lives, which we sent to you in October 2004. To download a PDF version of the magazine, visit our feedback from the surveys page.