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Increasing Researcher Use of Large Scale Social Surveys in the Social Sciences through Teaching and Support
The aim of this project is to increase the capacity of UK researchers in Sociology and Criminology to use quantitative methods in both their teaching and research. Aimed at academics across the career lifecourse the activities will be available to social scientists at both the University of Southampton and in other academic establishments.
This project will increase the capacity of researchers to conduct quantitative analysis through providing simple ways to teach quantitative methods, embedded within substantive courses. These simple methods will be applied to real datasets to show the emergence of theoretical concepts, highlighting to researchers the skills needed to obtain this information and the benefits of using quantitative methods. Teaching packs will be produced that can be used either off-the-shelf in other educational establishments, or modified to fit the learning outcomes of the specific module within which they will be used. These will consist of computer worksheets, in both SPSS and Stata statistical packages, teaching notes and further activities that can be completed to enhance instruction. The focus of the packs will be on the analysis of large scale social surveys such as the British Crime Survey and the Labour Force Survey.