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"Demonstrating how data can be used in teaching"

The UK Data Service has produced materials to help to teach using data from our collection.

Interview methods

Interviewing is a frequently used method in social research with its suitability being entirely dependent on the particular research question. Qualitative interviewing is generally distinguished from questionnaire-based interviewing, even if the form of communication, such as face-to face conversation, may be the same.

Non-interview methods

This resource provides brief summaries of some of the different ways in which researchers can collect qualitative data, including focus groups, diaries, online data collection, and visual methods.

The Last Refuge

This teaching resource incorporates a selection of the qualitative material collected during the course of the Peter Townsend’s 1950s Last Refuge study, which was a major investigation of long-stay institutional care for old people in Britain.

Using psychosocial approaches

This resource showcases two archived collections which have used a psychosocial method: Hollway and Jefferson’s Gender Difference, Anxiety and the Fear of Crime and Hollway’s Becoming a Mother. The resource includes a range of activities that can be used in the classroom or as self-paced learning activities.

Teaching sociology with archived data

These materials have been created for teaching sociology with archived data. They include a tutor's resource, tutor's feedback sheets for marking, as well as the project report pages and case study. They can be adapted as needed.

1970 British Cohort Study Malaise Inventory

The guide includes information on how to access the data in the 1970 British Cohiort STudy (BCS), an introduction to the established set of survey questions that measures psychological distress - the Malaise Inventory - and a number of data analysis exercises using SPSS.


The Pioneers of Qualitative Research resource is a rich, dynamic and expanding resource for the social sciences. It includes in-depth life-story interviews with 34 pioneers of British social research, including eminent scholars such as Peter Townsend and Ann Oakley.

Folk devils and moral panics

This teaching resource is based on Stan Cohen's classic and pioneering study into youth culture, and how particular social groups are marginalised when they are perceived as a threat to social order.

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