Data themes: Teaching resources

This page reflects the growing area of teaching and synthetic datasets.

The UK Data Service, in particular, offers new teaching datasets from major UK Surveys. Each dataset is designed to make teaching with data easier by making teaching data both accessible and engaging.

Crime Survey for England and Wales, 2017–2018: Teaching Dataset
A dataset with 114 variables covering demographic details, perceptions of crime. We have increased the number of continuous variables by deriving new variables with factor scores relating to worry about crime, effectiveness and fairness of Criminal Justice System and confidence in police.

English Housing Survey, 2018–2019: Household Data Teaching Dataset
A household level dataset with 32 variables covering demographic details, housing characteristics and household characteristics.

National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, 2010–2012

The British National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) are some of the largest and most detailed studies of sexual attitudes and behaviour in the world. Natsal-3 interviewed 15,162 adults aged 16-74 in 2010-2012.

Based on this data two new teaching datasets have been created:

Teaching dataset
Includes data from the full sample in the original study. To make the data more accessible for teaching the number of variables have been reduced, a student-friendly user guide created, missing values set, and a new continuous measure of sexual attitudes added.
The resource allows to engage students in quantitative data analysis with questions and topics to explore with the data including:

  • How do attitudes towards sexual lifestyles vary?

  • The role of family background on behaviour and attitudes.

  • What determines age of having children?

  • Differences in sex education.

  • Who takes what drugs?

  • What are the most popular forms of contraception?

  • How does religion determine sexual attitudes and behaviours?

The dataset is accompanied by brief instructor note (PDF) with ideas for teaching different topics and methods.

Open access teaching dataset
Designed to be easy to use and easy to access, the dataset includes 20 variables and a subset of cases. The dataset is accessible for teaching via an open data licence, which means instructors and learners do not need to register with the UK Data Service. Topics in the data include:

  • attitudes towards sexual lifestyles and behaviours such as adultery, same sex relationships, and sex in the media;

  • health/mental health and disability;

  • religion and religious beliefs;

  • demographic attributes including relationship status.

Quarterly Labour Force Survey, July - September 2018: Teaching Dataset
Individual level data for respondents aged 16 to 65 years. The dataset includes 53 variables covering socio-demographics, employment, housing tenure, education, and health.

You can find further resources on this theme by using on Databases A-Z or SOLO and subject guides.

Recommendations for additions to these lists are always welcome. Please email the Bodleian Data Library (data@bodleian.ox.ac.uk) with suggestions.