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Project Transitions 2013
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Observatory of Life in Schools (OBVIE) and partner schools, 2013 ©
Data will be provided in a Microsoft Excel® database.
Variables Genero and Dific1_Trab are in open and immediate access.
All the other variables will be made available on specific request. Access guidelines for each variable can be consulted in side menu.
Publications based on these data should acknowledge this database by means of the following bibliographic citation:
Observatório da Vida nas Escolas (2013). Projeto Transições: dentro da escola e desta para a vida ativa - dados relativos à variável (identificação da variável). Porto: CIIE-FPCEUP ©
Observatory of Life in Schools (2013). Project Transitions: inside school and from school to labour market – data related with variable (variable id). Porto: CIIE-FPCEUP ©
To collect the students’ perspectives of the work developed by their former schools that might have facilitated the students’ transition experience for other stages of their lives.
Mode of Data Collection
Data was collected through a questionnaire. The questionnaire is organized in two parts. The first part, with a mixture of open and multiple choices questions, is intended at characterizing the respondent students. In include the following variables: Genero [Gender], Idade [Age], AnoEsc [School Grade], NumAnos [Number of school years attended in the previous school], Classif [Average grade classification obtained in the last year in the previous school], Motivo1 [Motive to leave the previous school], Atual1 [First reference of present situation], Atual2 [Second reference of present situation], Atual_Course [Present Course, in the case of Higher Education attendance], Atual_Instit [Present Institution, in the case of Higher Education attendance], and Trabalho [Present professional activity, in the case of labour market attendance].
The second part has sets of statements which the respondents are asked to evaluate through a 5- point Likert scale. These sets of statements are organized in two subscales because they address two specific questions:
1. Appreciation of the work carried out by your former school and perceived importance of the skills, attitudes and experiences acquired while in the School for the present performance.
2. Experienced difficulties in the transition to other school.
Both scales in analysis are composed of a total of 29 items, and the answers are organized in a a 5- point Likert scale that uses the levels: 1 - Strongly disagree; 2 – Disagree; 3 - Neither agree nor disagree; 4 – Agree; 5 - Strongly agree.
2013 and following
The experimental version of the scale was implemented in 10 schools with a convenience sample of 208 students. The respondent students attended the referred school in the previous school year, in the 9th or 12th grade.
The questionnaire was implemented in private contexts, being the majority of answers acquired through an online form. All the former students of the partner schools participated voluntarily after being informed of the study’s objectives and assured of the confidentiality of the results. The answer time of the questionnaire was previewed to take approximately 10 minutes as a way of encouraging the answering of the questionnaire in full. However, it was not possible to ascertain the effective answer time of the respondent students.
Torres, A. C., Mouraz, A. & Fernandes, P. (2013). Transitions – experienced curriculum by students in transition for other schools or for the labour market. Proceedings of the European Conference on Curriculum Studies. Braga/Universidade do Minho, 18 e 19 de outubro.
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Variables related with the specific questions (construct)
The first scale is composed of 21 items distributed in 4 sets of statements organized in a coherent manner allowing a theoretical interpretation according with the following categories:
(i) Tendencies recognized to the work carried out by their former school:
(ii) Personal characteristics developed while attending their former school:
(iii) Recognition of the key learning developed in their former school:
(iv)Social integration and interaction:
The second scale is composed of 8 items organized in 2 sets of statements according with 2 possible types of integration:
(i) Difficulties related with procedural and social integration:
(ii) Difficulties related with academic integration: