Doing Survey Research with Young People workshop

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Presented by Professor Lindsay Paterson & Dr Jan Eichhorn, University of Edinburgh This one-day interactive workshop will enable participants to engage with the methodological aspects of designing, conducting and analysing surveys with young people. While there has been some useful work on doing attitudinal research with young children, in many cases surveys done, for example, with teenagers are not treated in a distinct fashion from surveys of adults. However, a range of issues arise when dealing with adolescent respondents. Questionnaire design needs to be adjusted as conceptions of otherwise common ideas can differ substantially for younger people. Also, strategies for conducting such surveys can differ and require special care – such as in relation to ethical constraints. Finally, working with young people opens opportunities to engage them not just as respondents, but also as agents, contributing to research design and analysis, and for further engagement and dissemination. This event will be relevant for any researcher interested in doing survey work with younger people (e.g. school or undergraduate university students). The workshop will be taught in a very applied manner with reference to recent experiences from a survey project of 14-17 year olds’ views in connection with the referendum on Scottish independence. After introductions to different themes course participants will work in groups to conduct specific exercises applying their thinking to the development of research on young people using surveys.
Period2 Apr 2014
Event typeWorkshop
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map


  • quantitative methods