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A review of education measures for social research

A review of education measures for social research
A review of education measures for social research
This working paper is a review of issues associated with measuring education and using educational measures in social science research. The review is orientated towards researchers who undertake secondary analyses of large-scale micro-level social science datasets. The paper begins with an outline of important context which impinges upon the measurement of education. The UK is the focus of this review, but similar issues apply to other nation states. We provide a critical introduction to the main approaches to measuring education in social survey research, which include measuring years of education, using categorical qualification-based measures and scaling approaches. We advocate the use of established education measures to better facilitate comparability and replication. We conclude by making the recommendation that researchers place careful thought into which educational measure they select, and that researchers should routinely engage in appropriate sensitivity analyses
ESRC Centre for Population Change
Gayle, Vernon
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Connelly, Roxanne
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Lambert, Paul
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McGowan, Teresa
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Gayle, Vernon
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Connelly, Roxanne
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Lambert, Paul
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Gayle, Vernon, Connelly, Roxanne and Lambert, Paul , McGowan, Teresa (ed.) (2015) A review of education measures for social research (ESRC Centre for Population Change Working Papers) Southampton, GB. ESRC Centre for Population Change 26pp.

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Abstract

This working paper is a review of issues associated with measuring education and using educational measures in social science research. The review is orientated towards researchers who undertake secondary analyses of large-scale micro-level social science datasets. The paper begins with an outline of important context which impinges upon the measurement of education. The UK is the focus of this review, but similar issues apply to other nation states. We provide a critical introduction to the main approaches to measuring education in social survey research, which include measuring years of education, using categorical qualification-based measures and scaling approaches. We advocate the use of established education measures to better facilitate comparability and replication. We conclude by making the recommendation that researchers place careful thought into which educational measure they select, and that researchers should routinely engage in appropriate sensitivity analyses

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Published date: 15 May 2015
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography, Centre for Population Change

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Local EPrints ID: 377147
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/377147
PURE UUID: 7fdb99c4-4d35-408c-b276-04f29dd9829d

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Date deposited: 22 May 2015 14:40
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 21:03

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Author: Vernon Gayle
Author: Roxanne Connelly
Author: Paul Lambert
Editor: Teresa McGowan

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