Variable Constructions in Longitudinal Research
A seminar under the ESRC Research Methods Programme,
Longitudinal Data Analysis in the Social Sciences project
This page refers to a seminar held on 11th May 2007 under the title 'Variable Constructions in Longitudinal Research'. This is an introductory seminar/workshop concerned with issues of measurement and meaning in longitudinal survey analysis.
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Date: Friday 11th May 2007
1000 Registration 1015-1100
Introduction to Variable Constructions in Longitudinal Research, and the example of Occupational Information
Variable Constructions in Longitudinal Research: Ethnicity
Expert Presentation: Social mobility amongst Britain's minority ethnic population
(Dr Lucinda Platt, University of Essex)
Variable Constructions in Longitudinal Research: Education
(Dr Vernon Gayle, University of Stirling) (slides - pdf)
Expert Presentation: Harmonising educational measures from the Youth Cohort Surveys of England, Wales and Scotland
(Linda Croxford, University of Edinburgh)
Expert Presentation: Labour market position of minority ethnic groups in Britain, 1972-2005
(Dr Yaojun Li, University of Manchester)
Discussion / Close
Bookings for the meeting are taken through the Research Methods Programme online events booking form: http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/methods/events/
The contact for bookings is Ruth Durrell of University of Manchester, email: firstname.lastname@example.org , contact address:
ESRC Research Methods Programme CCSR
2nd Floor, Crawford House
University of Manchester
Manchester, M13 9PL
The content of the event is organised by Paul Lambert, University of Stirling, email: email@example.com
This is an introductory workshop suitable for social science researchers with an interest in the opportunities and challenges associated with longitudinal survey data. 'Variable constructions' concern the processes by which survey measures are defined and subsequently interpreted by research analysts. Decisions about variable constructions are amongst the most fundamental of any survey research process, and are particularly pronounced in the context of longitudinal studies. Yet issues of variable constructions are often neglected in introductory methodological accounts.
This workshop will feature a combination of methodological reviews, and expert research presentations, in order to provide an accessible introduction to this important topic in the context of large scale longitudinal social surveys. Attention will focus particularly on issues concerned with the measurement of 'class', 'ethnicity' and 'education' in longitudinal government surveys in the UK, though many materials will have a wider relevance. A key aim of the meeting will be to emphasise the practical constraints and issues which impact upon decisions over the construction of such 'key variables' in longitudinal research projects.
Cross-references will often be made to the resources available from the project 'Longitudinal Data Analysis in the Social Sciences' (www.longitudinal.stir.ac.uk). These pages include introductory talks and resources on longitudinal survey data, including example command files illustrating data management and data analysis tasks in the popular packages SPSS and Stata.
- ESRC Research Methods Programme
- ESRC Researcher Development Initiative
- Longitudinal Data Analysis for Social Science Researchers
- Practical Exemplars in the Analysis of Surveys (PEAS)
- Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland (LSCS)
- Data: UK Data Archive / Edinburgh Data Library / CASCOT / GEODE / ONS Data Guides / ESDS
- Software: SPSS / Stata / R / QV
Last modified 9 May 2007
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