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Cohort 4 - Student born 1972


Basic information and Administrative data

Collection in grade 3 1982

Collection in grade 6 1985

Collection in upper secondary school 1989

Summary of the survey in 1989 the first year of secondary education

In the spring of 1989, a year after the end of primary school, sent out a questionnaire to more than 9,000 individuals sampled at that time included. The survey was made in two versions, one of those who started secondary school and one to the other. A total included about fifty questions, most of which were identical to those Avants in the corresponding survey five years earlier. The questionnaires were answered by over three-quarters of the study group.

The results from the data collection described in the report
Collection of questionnaires one year after primary school final project for younger cohorts spring 1989 (only in swedish)

Data obtained in the collection 1989

Questionnaire for students

  • Young people's employment September 1988 - March 1989.
  • The views and experiences of school time.
  • Future plans.
  • Adolescents' perception of their knowledge.
  • Amusement.
  • The views and experiences of secondary school (only young people who have attended secondary school).

Issues exact formulation are found in questionnaire for students in secondary schools / Not in high school.

Survey implementation


The survey was conducted from the last week of March to mid-July 1989. Each student received both the questionnaires because there was not an indication of any adopted to high school. Along with the questionnaires there was a project information and a reply envelope addressed directly to the project. Survey form and other information sent directly to the young people home address. Whole proceeded four reminders.

Coding and punching all incoming form was completed in March following investigation was performed.

 Summary of the survey in 1985 in grade 6

The purpose of the gathering is to follow up the study conducted on the cohort study year 3. Additionally it shall be possible to compare the results with earlier cohorts (UGU and in individual statistics project cohorts born in 1948 and 1953). Students should also be followed up one year after primary school and possibly later.

Implementation and results from the data collection described in the report collection of project data for 6th grade in spring 1985. The project's second cohort.

Data obtained in the collection 1985

Cognitive test

The Cognitive tests are of intelligence test character containing information of verbal, inductive and spatial nature. These have been given at each collection in the 6th grade and started the evaluation in 1961. The three subtests and how they were developed are described in Smith, A. (1964).

  • Opposites: To define the opposite of a particular keyword among four alternatives.
  • Plate folding: to find out which among the four figures you get, if the folding of an imaged "metal piece".
  • Number sequences: To supplement a series of numbers, in which six numbers are given, with two additional numbers.

More about the cognitive tests can be found in:
Relative achievement : school performance in relation to intelligence, sex and home environment


Results on a math test and a reading test. Mathematics test consists partly of the information given in grades three, and four newly designed data. Reading test are also largely identical to that were treated in year 3, but this change consists of five tasks were excluded.

Questionnaire for students

 The form for students contains 76 questions.

  • Students' self-concept in different school situations (questions 1-33).
  • Pupils' attitudes to certain school activities (questions 34-52).
  • Pupils' attitudes to school (questions 53-59).
  • Students' educational choices and career plans (questions 60-66).
  • Students past times (questions 67-76).

 Issues exact formulation are found in questionnaire for students (Only in swedish)

Survey implementation

A practical problem at follow-up in Grade 6 was that many classes divided and that few students changed class or moved since the study year 3. Therefore, we used different procedures for information and dissemination of study materials, depending on how many UGU students that were in the principal areas. First sent an information letter to the president in the municipalities where there were one or more classes with at least ten UGU students. As attachments to this letter was sent a brief information about the project, a letter from the National Board of Education and a list of classes with UGU pupils in the municipality. The letter also followed an information sheet to the class teacher concerned in the collection as well as a letter to the local Home and School unions.

In late May, we started to hear from the schools which we have not received any material. It concerned the schools in which there were classes with at least ten UGU students. It was about 133 classes. The most common response was that the class was not finished with all the samples and that the material would be sent in as soon as possible. In a couple of municipalities had packages not distributed to the teachers until the end of May.

Experiences from the study showed that some teachers wondered whether or presupposed that students who went to another grade than grade 6 would not be included in the survey. For weakly gifted students or learning disabilities, teachers acted a little different. Some teachers just announced that the student can not do the study because of an intellectual disability and return material. Some teachers wondered if students would participate this time because they did not participate in the study year 3. The answer was yes, because the reason was that the teacher in grade 3 not completed the survey. Thus there was no refusal by the students or their guardians.

Summary of the survey in 1982 in grade 3

The project "Evaluation by monitoring pupils '(UGU) is a longitudinal survey whose main objective is to evaluate the role of the school for students' development during and after school hours. The project is implemented in collaboration between the National Board of Education (SE) ​​and Statistics Sweden (SCB). The survey is part of the central evaluation of the school and will provide opportunities for studies of how the reformed school system meet targets. An important part of the study is to systematically study individual development in partially overlapping cohorts.

Description of the collection's work report evaluation through follow-up of students. analysis of homework assignments, grades 3
and student panel for longitudinal studies. Description of panel

Data gathered in the collection 1982 


Results on a vocabulary test containing 40 tasks, namely subtest ur DB A-batteriet and a math test consisting of 15 problems taken from the fields:-

  • the four operations with whole numbers in the range of numbers from 0 to 10000.
  • problem solution.
  • certain mathematical terminology.

Further information on the knowledge test is given by Pettersson, A. (1983, 1984).

Questionnaire for students

The form for students contains 69 questions and highlights the following areas

  • Students' self-concept in different school situations (questions 1-36).
  • Pupils' attitudes to certain school activities (questions 37-54).
  • Pupils' attitudes to school (questions 55-64).
  • Students pastimes (questions 65-69).


Issues exact formulation are found in questionnaire to students.(only in sweden)


Questionnaire for parents

The form was sent to guardians contains 21 questions divided into the following areas:-

  • The child's upbringing.
  • Aspirations and desires with regard to the child's education.
  • The parents' own educational and professional situation.
  • Comments on the school's goals.

Issues exact formulation are found in questionnaire to the parents (only in sweden).

Survey implementation

Already in year 2 was UGU project's second sampling (born 1972). Population consisted this time of all students in grades 3 spring 1982, i.e students born five years later than those included in the project's first sample. This gave the opportunity to follow the students during elementary grades, while receiving the same age interval between samples in Individual Statistics Project.

The forms were sent to the respective schools where UGU population was and in May and June 1982, the completed material back to the project. After correction and punching each material ready for processing data about a year later.

The work report describes Design and testing of instruments for grades three-collection.

Data retrieved from year 3 to year 9 in primary school


Registry data that SCB application in the selection of classes. These consist essentially of:-

  • birth year,
  • sex,
  • migration background,
  • educational background, and
  • socio-economic data.


School Administrative data

The school administrative data collected from year 3 and thereafter throughout the primary time. A form is sent out to the school the student is in school and fill in the information for each student included in the survey. In grade 3, are essentially the classes sampled completing these tasks, but over the years moving more students, which makes it be sent out to more and more schools that then fills in the data for individual students. All of the students who initially were to be followed over the years into adulthood. This information consists of:-

  • municipality,
  • school,
  • year,
  • class form,
  • mother tongue,
  • Swedish for immigrants,
  • date when moving to another school,
  • new municipality,
  • new school,
  • score the runs that have been, and
  • National test results in English from grade 8 and in Swedish and  Mathematics from grade 9 were collected spring 1987 and 1988.  (ArbetsPM 1987, 1988).





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