Qualitative Longitudinal Research in Education

Passy, Rowena and Ovenden-Hope, Tanya (2016) Qualitative Longitudinal Research in Education. Sociology Review. ISSN 0959-8499

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Longitudinal studies usually involve collecting statistical data over time from the same or a similar group of respondents. The ‘Class of 2010’ project is a qualitative longitudinal research study (QLR) into the changes experienced by one school that converted to academy status in 2010 due to challenging circumstances. Under the Labour administration of 1997–2010, converting schools into academies was designed, first, to challenge the culture of underachievement in areas of high deprivation and, second, to encourage schools to play a part in local community regeneration. We were interested in the experience of the first students starting at the new academy. We were also interested in the changing aims and priorities of the academy leadership, the perceptions that teachers had of working there and the progress of the student cohort we were studying. We started the research in the summer of 2011 when our Class of 2010 were at the end of Year 7. We visited the school at a similar time each year until 2015 to interview senior leadership, teaching staff and a sample of pupils. In this article, we consider the importance of QLR and some methodological issues for our project. This should enable you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of this research method.

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Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2017 13:49
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