The collection in 6th grade
Before the survey was started, involved persons and organizations were informed by both project management and the National Agency for Education. Those who were informed were parents, principals, teachers, trade unions, the National Association for Home and School and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities. Due to the fact that classes were divided and students moved, the students were spread over significantly more classes than at the selection three years earlier. The students' school and class affiliation were available from October for the students in 6th grade. The sample for the survey in the spring term 2011 was the students who attended 6th grade in the autumn term of 2010 and who are therefore invited to participate. As a result, a parent questionnaire was sent only to the students who were invited to participate and on the same basis, teachers who teach in the classes included in the sample were included. Essentially, the class teacher answered the teacher questionnaire. The teachers informed the students in connection with the implementation of the questionnaire.
The survey was conducted as a postal survey during weeks 12 to 17, with collection up to and including week 23. The collection ended on 13 June 2011. There were three reminders; the first with thanks for participating in the survey, and the last with a telephone reminder to school principals who had not yet submitted their results. The answered questionnaires were scanned and the results were transferred automatically to a data file which was sent deidentified to the project at the University of Gothenburg. More about the implementation can be read in the Technical Report Statistics Sweden compiled in connection with the submission of data.
The individuals included in the sample had the opportunity to contact the survey leaders at both the project group and Statistics Sweden and were asked questions about the collection and its significance. However, very few people were negative about the survey.
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 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”
- 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 22 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 investigated by six questions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and shows the students’ perceptions of their ability to acquire knowledge and skills in different areas of knowledge and their general interest in and how important it is to them. to learn in these areas.
- Experiences in specific school situations and school well-being are the focus of three questions (8, 9 and 17) 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 (10) 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 two questions (7, 11) to investigate how students and teachers work in the classroom.
- Homework and assignments are investigated by three questions (12, 13 and 14) to find out the 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 (18 and 19) and shows the parents' interest in the child's school situation and its future educational plans.
- The grading question is illustrated by two questions (15 and 16).
- Leisure activities are investigated by three questions (20, 21 and 22) and are about the extent of students' leisure interests.
The exact wording of the questions can be found in the questionnaire for the students in 6th grade (pdf 3.2 MB in Swedish).
Questionnaire to the guardians
The questionnaire conducted in 2017 included 18 questions. The first seven questions concern certain factual circumstances such as conditions of upbringing and the extent to which 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. Most of the questions were given in identical or almost identical form to the parents who participated in the survey in 2005. Each question consists of a number of sub-questions. The questions concern the following areas:
- Progress talks and parent teacher meetings
- the requirements set by the school
- the opinion of grades
- the child's school situation
- the importance of various school subjects
- communication between children and parents
- the information from the school
- school resources
- the school's knowledge transfer
The exact wording of the questions can be found in the questionnaire for the parents (pdf 1.4 MB in Swedish).
Questionnaire for teachers
At three 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 25 questions. Most of the questions are formulated as main questions with a number of sub-questions. The questions concern the following areas:
- facts about the teacher
- information on the size and composition of the class
- the teacher's assessments of the class' level of knowledge
- experience of school and work content
- working methods and working conditions
- • parental involvement
- • the existence of evaluations
The exact wording of the questions can be found in the questionnaire for teachers (pdf 1.5 MB in Swedish).