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Study Report

Study Number: QD-021-001-1-1-United States-NIUP-1987

Subject Area: Education Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Longitudinal study of American youth (LSAY), 1987-1991.  [machine-readable data file] / Miller, Jon D.  [principal investigator(s)] / DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Public Opinion Laboratory  [distributor].

Number of Files Received: 4

Comments: These are SPSS Portable Files.

NOTE! In 8/95 it was realized that the LSAY1.EXP file was corrupt. Adam Gamoran realized that the two characters on line 4 should actually be the LAST two characters on line 3 (eg there was an extra carriage return there). LG broke the file into two pieces using ODH, used EVE to edit out the carriage return, and then used VAX append to put the two pieces back together. We were then able to safely import the file into SPSS (both GUY and GAMORAN did this). The study was then moved to DAT tape. **NOTE** as of 11/95. Further problems were found with the export files. New export files were written on the VAX and moved to a new 9-track tape (dp0318) as well as _BACK_ to DAT tape 5045. At this time it appears all four files on these two media are usable. The old 9-track tapes will be scratched. LG. (Re-exporting was necessitated because the older export files could not be FTPed without corrupting them; reason is unknown). 11/07 Visit LSAY site to learn the current status of this study. 5/08 A newer version of LSAY, 1987-1994 is available from LSAY project at the Michigan State University. Researchers need to contact LSAY directly to obtain this CD-Rom. A request for data form needs to be completed first before a LSAY CD is sent. Please note that this CD-Rom does not work under Windows Vista.

Access Status: Unrestricted access.

Documentation: 2 volumes hard copy. Data are to some extent self-documented.

Abstract: The focus of the Longitudinal Study of American Youth (LSAY) is on students' attitudes toward science and mathematics as areas of study and possible career choices, particularly as those relate to a growing array of public policy issues. The LSAY includes two sets of schools: A national probability sample of 52 high schools and 52 middle schools, and a special sample of 8 high schools and 8 middle schools located in districts identified as having outstanding elementary science programs. The study began in the fall of 1987 with samples of approximately 60 7th graders and 60 10th graders in each of sixty localities across the country. For comparative purposes, the middle and junior high schools included in the project were selected from those that send students on to the selected high schools. The 7th and 10th graders have now been followed for five years, with the 10th graders followed up by phone interview or mailed questionnaires after they left high school. The student data records are augmented by parent and school data collection efforts.

Media/File Reports:

7145 (CD-ROM)
7378 (CD-Rom)
7379 (CD-Rom)
9002 (USB Flask Drive)
9003 (USB Flask Drive)
9004 (SSCC network drive)