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One-day workshop/seminar
Derwent College, University of York
Friday 23rd January 2004

** Copies of the presentations given at this workshop are now available - see below **
** To view the evaluation summary for this event please click here. **

Hosted by: Department of Educational Studies, University of York



One of the key dimensions in all social science research is time – in how things change and how time impacts upon social processes. Time has a significant role to play in all education research, both as a framework from which to study phenomena or educational processes and as a factor in helping us to understand these phenomena and processes.

This workshop/seminar will introduce participants to different ways in which longitudinal research can be used in education. It will show how time can be introduced into research both within a single study and for repeated research studies. The workshop/seminar will also examine a range of different types of research that use different forms of data – including ‘qualitative’ and ‘quantitative’ data. The workshop will also discuss the use of existing large-scale datasets, such as the British Household Panel Survey and the Youth Cohort Study, in the context of education research.

The day will involve presentations from leading researchers from across the UK who have undertaken longitudinal research. They will present and initiate discussion around their different approaches to longitudinal research. Participants will be provided with first-hand examples of such approaches as well as how to undertake such research. There will also be the opportunity to discuss the advantages and limitations of each approach.

This workshop/seminar will be of interest to any education researcher interested in finding out more about longitudinal approaches to education research. Participants may already want to undertake such research, and there will be plenty of opportunity for participants to discuss their ideas, experiences or fears with others. This workshop will also be of interest to researchers who have undertaken a research study but are interested in repeating it, with the concept of time being central to their research design.

The cost of the event is free to members of the TLRP, and all travel and other costs can be met by the RCBN. For non-TLRP researchers there is a notional cost of £10 per person. Lunch and refreshments are included. For more information about financial support in attending this event please contact the RCBN.


10.00 – 10.30 am Welcome and registration (tea and coffee will be available)
10.30 – 11.15 am

Professor Paul Croll (University of Reading)
Introduction to longitudinal research
Paul Croll's presentation is now available in Acrobat Reader (pdf) format by clicking here.

11.15 – 12.45 pm

Dr Paul Lambert (University of Stirling)
Quantitative approaches to longitudinal research
Paul Lambert's presentation is now available in MS Powerpoint. To view these slides via your browser click here. Alternatively to save the presentation right-click here and select 'Save Target As...'

There is also a link to more resources associated with Paul's presentation:

12.45 – 1.30 pm Lunch
1.30 – 3.00 pm Professor Phil Hodkinson (University of Leeds)
Qualitative approaches to longitudinal research
3.00 – 3.15 pm Break (tea and coffee will be available)
3.15 – 4.00 pm Summary and discussion led by the RCBN
(This could involve discussions about participants’ own research in small groups)
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If you are interested in attending this event then please contact the RCBN or complete a booking form.


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