Resources for researching education may include data from subscription databases, publicly available data portals or archived academic projects. Some suggestions are:

  • Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
    This database is an indexing and abstracting tool covering education alongside health, social services, economics and politics. It abstracts and indexes over 500 journals, from more than 16 countries and is updated monthly.
  • The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70)
    A longitudinal survey collecting data about the births and families of approximately eleven thousand babies born in the United Kingdom in one particular week in 1970.  Originally known as the Child Health and Education Study (CHES). There have been seven full data collection exercises in order to monitor the cohort members' health, education, social and economic circumstances. These took place when respondents were aged 5, in 1975 (held under SN 2699), aged 10, in 1980 (SN 3723), aged 16, in 1986 (SN 3535), aged 26, in 1996 (SN 3833), aged 30, 1999-2000 (SN 5558), and aged 34, in 2004-2005 (SN 5585). With each successive wave, the scope of BCS70 has broadened from a strictly medical focus at birth, to encompass physical and educational development at the age of 5, physical, educational and social development at the ages of 10 and 16, and physical, educational, social and economic development at 26 years and beyond. The collection includes data that is available under a variety of access conditions so some segments may require special permission.
  • Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
    A database that provides access to statistics, data, proceedings and other resources on education ranging from pre-school years to the adult level. This is mainly drawn from Resources in Education (RIE) and Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE). The database is updated monthly.
  • Higher Education Statistics Agency
    Data collected annually from UK universities, higher education colleges and other differently funded providers of higher education.
  • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
    A major archive of social science research data that holds information predominately relating to the United States - it also includes some additional collections. Data is available on a range of topics including education both within and outside the Unites States of America.
  • Longitudinal Study of Young People in England
    The LSYPE is one of the main information sources for the formation and appraisal of policies relating to young people.
  • Office for National Statistics (ONS) for England and Wales
    Official webpage of the UK government for census and other government surveys. Visitors are able to search statistics by area, region or place. Browsing by themes such as adult learning, early years education and school and college education is also possible.
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
    A major source for global monthly, quarterly and annual data and statistics on international development and trade. Issues to do with education are included such as attainment, youth inactivity and educational resources. Most of these surveys are made available through the UK Data Service but further analysis and commentary is provided by the OECD iLibrary with direct links to an education database, data from the teaching and learning international survey (TALIS) and the programme for international student assessment (PISA).
  • Registered Teachers in England
    A data collection that comprises anonymised details from the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) Register of Teachers.
  • Research Connections
    A searchable collection of more than 15,000 resources and datasets related to child care and early education within the United States. Highlighted topics include attendance rates and child outcomes, child care decision making and parent engagement.
  • World Bank Development Indicators
    A collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates. Data comprises over 800 indicators covering more than 150 economies and includes education and related issues.

Further resources on this theme may be found by using SOLO, OxLIP+ and the relevant library LibGuides.

Recommendations for additions to this list are always welcome. Please email the Bodleian Data Library with suggestions.

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