This section provides practical information, exemplars, and tips for using data in teaching, including ideas for using data in teaching, practical advice on sharing data with students, teaching resources and teaching case studies.
Qualitative teaching resources
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.
Pioneers offers an insight into the backgrounds of researchers, motivations for undertaking particular pieces of research and some interesting observations about studying sociology in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. A series of interviews were carried out with the pioneering researchers themselves and excerpts are available through Pioneers. This resource contains a series of teaching worksheets which highlight selected extracts and ask questions relating to a theme.
This resource provides brief summaries of some of the different ways in which researchers use interviewing methods to collect collect qualitative data. Each summary is accompanied by an illustrative data sample from the extensive collections held by the UK Data Service.
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.
This resource explores some of the ethical and practical issues with sampling methods.
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 has a range of activities that can be used in the classroom or for self-paced learning.
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.
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.
A selection of guides exploring topics such as crime, social institutions, family, media, sexuality using qualitative data collections.
The video below shows the five main ways users can find data on the UK Data Service website. It could be used as an introductory session of a research methods course.
You can use the following guide to complement the video: Ways to get data from the UK Data Service.
Teaching with data video tutorial
View our video tutorial highlighting the various resources available for teaching.
Many of our other guides, while not explicitly designed for learning and teaching, can be readily used in teaching. These include:
This collection can be explored through Discover.