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ETF - Cohort-sequential longitudinal databases Evaluation through follow-up

THE COHORTS BORN IN 1987 (cohort 7)

The pupils in the 1987 cohort are sampled in the same way as pupils in the 1982
cohort and while they were in grade 3 of compulsory school. The sampling method
provided a total of 9 727 pupils in the cohort.
As for previous cohorts, the data kept in the register are of two types: 1)
administrative data and 2) self-reported data. In contrast to the 1982 cohort and all
other previous cohorts, self-reported data for the 1987 cohort was not collected
until the pupils were in grade 9 of compulsory school.
1. Administrative data. The collection of administrative data began in 1997, when the
pupils in the 1987 cohort were in grade 3. The collected data are essentially the
same as the data collected for the previous four cohorts (see Statistics Sweden
1983, 1986, 1991, 1966).
2. Self-reported data.
Questionnaire data from parents. No data from the parents or from teachers have
been collected for the 1987 cohort.

Questionnaire data from pupils in grade 9.

The questionnaire given to the1987 cohort in grade 9 is comprised of some of the questions given to the 1982 cohort in
grade 6 and some of the questions given to the same cohort in a follow-up study
in grade 3 of the upper secondary school in 2001. The questionnaire also
includes some additional questions, all of which are new. The topics in this
questionnaire concern pupils’ experiences during compulsory school, their
education after compulsory school, leisure activities and their home situation.
More detailed information about some of these topics is provided below:


Two questions concern the child’s living conditions, such as with whom the
child lives and the number of children under the age of 18 who live in the

Self-perceptions of competence

Nine questions focus upon pupils’ self-perceptions of general competency in
nine different school subjects (e.g. Swedish, English, mathematics, music, etc.),
while twenty questions concern perceptions of competence in accomplishing
certain tasks in Swedish, English and mathematics. These questions are
essentially identical to those given to the 1982 cohort in grade 6. Some new
subjects and tasks have been added, however.


Nine questions ask pupils whether they have any personal interest in the
knowledge they have gained in the nine specified subjects or in the process of
acquiring such knowledge. These questions are also essentially identical to those
used for the 1982 cohort in grade 6.
Out of a total of seventeen questions, six concern the negative affects (feelings
of anxiety and unease) and six the lack of a sense of coherence (feelings of
meaninglessness and discontinuity) that pupils may experience in certain specific
situations in school. Five questions concern satisfaction with school in general.
The affect questions are similar to those given to the 1982 cohort in grade 6 and
later on in grade 3 of upper secondary school. The questions concerning any
perceived lack of coherence and about satisfaction with school are, however,
Another new question in this questionnaire is about experiences of studying
during compulsory school and whether, during the last three years of
compulsory school, this has been “Very easy” or “Very hard”.
Four questions concern how the pupils perceive their parents’ involvement in
their schoolwork and interest in how she/he feels in school. These questions are
all new.

Perceptions of educational practices

Out of sixteen questions, ten focus on the ways in which pupils perceive a
variety of different educational practices that they encounter in school. The
other six questions concern pupils’ attitudes towards the awarding of grades in
compulsory school. The educational practices questions are essentially identical
to those used for the 1982 cohort in grade 6, whilst the questions concerning
the awarding of grades can also be found in the questionnaire used for this
cohort in upper secondary school.

Plans and choices

Twenty-nine questions concern choice of school and include both the pupils’
choice of compulsory and upper secondary school. These question ask whether
their choice of attending a local authority school (usually the one located closest
to the pupil’s home) or a direct grant school, as well as their choice of upper
secondary school program, and the main reasons for their choice. These
questions are essentially identical to those given to the 1982 cohort in upper
secondary school.
One question asks whether pupils have any plans for continuing their studies
after upper secondary school, i.e. studying at university. This question too is
derived from the questionnaire given to the 1982 cohort in upper secondary

Leisure activities

Eight questions concern the time pupils usually devote to doing their
homework, whether they get any help at home with their homework, whether
they have access to a computer in their home, whether they use it for doing their
homework and how good they think they are at using a computer in different
situations. The computer questions are all new.
Out of eight questions in this section, seven questions concern the time pupils
usually spend on different leisure activities, while one ask whether they carry out
any unpaid work during the school term. The former questions are duplicated
from the questionnaire given to the 1982 cohort in grade 6, whilst the latter is
taken from the questionnaire used in the follow-up study of the same cohort.
Aptitude tests. No aptitude scores from grade 6 have been collected for the 1987

National standardised achievement tests in grade 9.

In the same way as for the 1982
cohort, scores on the national standardised achievement tests in Swedish,
Swedish as a second language, English and mathematics from grade 9 were
collected for the 1987 cohort in the spring term of 2003 for about x pupils.



Michael Hansen
+46 (0)31 786 2165

Contact Information

Department of Education and Special Education

PO Box 300, SE 405 30 Gothenburg

Visiting Address:
Pedagogen Hus A, Västra Hamngatan 25

+46 (0)31 786 0000

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