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Cohort 2: Pupils born 1953

Year 1966 the collection started for cohort 2. It is like the first one an individual selection of children born on the 5th, 15th and 25th of each month in 1953. In addition to certain aptitude tests, the test booklet also contained questions concerning school motivation, interests and plans for the future.

Summary

Cohort 2 were born in 1953. In the spring term of 1966, the collection of data from the project's second cohort began and then applied to students born in 1953. The total number in the questionnaire is 10,723. As five years earlier, the majority were in 6th grade in the compulsory school system, but due of the introduction of compulsory school gradually, about 80 per cent now belonged to this school form, while only 20 per cent belonged to the older school form, the primary school.

In 6th grade, the students completed cognitive tests of an intelligence test nature, containing tasks of a verbal, inductive and spatial nature. At the same time, the students filled in a questionnaire with, among other things, questions about the school and plans.

Information about schooling, for example school form, class type, class structure, class character, year and grades are collected annually from 6th grade. As well as information about certain personal circumstances. Results from standardized knowledge tests are included. The tests are not the same as in 1961. Furthermore, it can be mentioned that partly different tests were given in compulsory school and primary school, respectively.

Basic information

Information about certain personal circumstances such as gender, father's and mother's occupation, father's social group.

School administrative tasks

Information collected from 6th grade and thereafter annually in compulsory school.

Information about schooling, for example school form, class type, class structure, class character, grade and grades.

Results from standardized knowledge tests. The tests are not the same as in 1961. Furthermore, it can be mentioned that partly different tests were given in compulsory school and primary school, respectively.

More information about the collection of basic information and school administrative information can be read in Individual statistics - School data for a sample of students born in 1948 and 1953 (pdf 15 MB with ocr, In Swedish).

Annual data were collected by Statistics Sweden up to and including the academic year 1973/74. As was the case with the first cohort, this type of data is continuously declining.

The collection in 6th grade

In the spring semester of 1966, the collection of data for the Individual Statistics Project's second cohort began and then applied to students born on the 5th, 15th and 25th of any month in 1953. Due to the year class decreasing, the total number born on these days was estimated at 10,723. the majority in 6th grade in the compulsory school system, but due to the gradual introduction of compulsory school, about 80 per cent now belonged to this school form, while only 20 per cent belonged to the older school form, the primary school.

Planning, implementation and results from the collection can be found in Tests for supplementing the school statistics' individual data (pdf downloadable from GUPEA, In Swedish) and in Summary of Statistics Sweden PM 1976: 8 (pdf 10 MB with ocr, In Swedish).

Cognitive tests

The Cognitive tests are of an intelligence test nature containing information 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).

  • Opposites: To enter the opposite of a particular keyword among four options
  • Sheet metal folding: To find out which of the four figures you get, if you fold a pictured "sheet metal piece"
  • Speech series: To supplement a series of speeches, where six numbers are given, with two more numbers

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, In Swedish).

 

Questionnaire for students

The questionnaire for students contains four parts that are reworked into scales.

  • Occupations
  • Plans
  • School
  • After school

The collection was carried out by the Department of Education.

The exact wording of the questions can be found in the questionnaire for the students (pdf 1.6 MB in Swedish).

Selection principles

For the first two cohorts (born 1948 and 1953), with collection in the years 1961 and 1966, the selection was made according to plan by all students born 5, 15 or 25 in each month in 1948 and 1953 respectively would be included in the material. The students were normally in 6th grade in primary school or unit school.

Questionnaires

Student questionnaire, 6th grade (spring term 1966) (pdf 1.6 MB in Swedish)

Reports

Questionnaire and test forms as well as register information that has been used within the ETF collections are described for each cohort in reports and working memoranda from the departments and as technical reports or statistical announcements from Central Bureau of Statistics (SCB).

Report and dissertation from the Department of Education

Statistics Sweden Memorandum

Interactive variable list

The number of variables for each cohort varies from a few hundred up to a couple of thousand. Some variables are present in all cohorts, others are only found in some. Some variables enable longitudinal studies, others only cross-sectional studies. ETF has developed an interactive list of variables to make it easier to find among the variables and see relationships between variables in different cohorts.

The variables are accessed through the links below. Questions about documentation are answered via e-mail to data controllers within ETF.