The collection in 6th grade
The Cognitive tests are intelligence tests containing tasks of a verbal, inductive and spatial nature. These have been given at each collection in 6th grade and began with the evaluation in 1961. The three subtests and how they were developed are described in Svensson, A. (1964) (pdf downloadable from GUPEA in Swedish).
As of the 2005 evaluation, there is another newly constructed verbal test.
- Antonyms: To choose the opposite of a particular keyword among four options
- Sheet metal folding: To work out which of the four figures you get, if you fold a pictured “sheet metal piece”
- Number series: To continue a number-series, where six numbers are given, with two more numbers
- Synonyms: To enter the synonym for a particular keyword among four options.
More about the cognitive tests can be read in:
Relative achievement: school performance in relation to intelligence, sex and home environment (pdf downloadable from GUPEA)
Questionnaire for students
The questionnaire includes 20 questions in addition to the cognitive tests. Most of the questions are formulated as main questions with a number of sub-questions with four or five answer alternatives. By constructing scales and using the sub-questions as indicators, it is possible to access phenomena that are difficult to measure. The questions concern the following areas.
- The students' general perception is available by five questions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and shows the students’ perceptions of their ability to acquire knowledge and skills in different areas of knowledge and their general interest in learning in these areas.
- Experiences in specific school situations and school well-being are the focus of five questions (6, 7, 8, 14 and 20) and show how students feel in different learning and social contexts in school and their general school well-being.
- Students' motivation is the focus of one question (9) to examine their motivation to learn in school and whether they have any specific goals with their learning.
- Work methods in the classroom are the focus of one question (10) to investigate how students and teachers work in the classroom.
- Homework and assignments are investigated by three questions (11, 12 and 13). To find out how much time students spend on them and how often these occur, as well as access to help with their homework.
- The parents 'involvement in the child's school situation is investigated by two questions (15 and 16) and shows the parents' interest in the child's school situation and its future educational plans.
- The grading question is investigated by two questions (17 and 18).
- Leisure activities are investigated by one question (19) and deal with the extent of students' leisure interests.
The exact wording of the questions can be found in the questionnaire for students in 6th grade (pdf 1 MB in Swedish).
Questionnaire to the guardians
The questionnaire conducted in 2017 included 14 questions. The first three questions concern certain factual circumstances such as who answers the questionnaire and to what extent the student has participated in preschool activities. Most of the other questions aim to provide a picture of the contact between children and parents and how the parents view the school's activities. Each question consists of a number of sub-questions. The questions concern the following areas.
- Choice of school (questions 4 and 5).
- Progress talks and parent teacher meetings (6).
- The requirements set by the school (7).
- The opinion of grades (8).
- The child's school situation (9).
- The importance of various school subjects (10).
- Communication between children and parents (11).
- School resources (12)
- Information from the school (13)
- The school's knowledge transfer (14).
The exact wording of the questions can be found in the questionnaire form for guardians in 6th grade (pdf 0.5 MB in Swedish).
Questionnaire for teachers
At four previous collections, the teachers have also received a questionnaire to get as complete a picture as possible of the student's school situation. The teacher questionnaire consists of 24 questions. Most of the questions are formulated as main questions with a number of sub-questions. The questions concern the following areas.
- Information on the size and composition of the class (1, 2, 3, 4 and 7).
- The teacher's assessments of the class' level of knowledge (5 and 6).
- Facts about the teacher (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15).
- Experience of school and the content of the work (16 and 17)
- Working methods and working conditions (18 and 20).
- Opinion of grades (19).
- Parental involvement (21).
- Self-perception of competence (22).
- Organization of and need for support in the class (23 and 24).
The exact wording of the questions can be found in the questionnaire for teachers in 6th grade (pdf 0.7 MB in Swedish).