ARK Teaching and Learning Resources


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The ARK site is an invaluable and essential resource for students looking for social and political information on Northern Ireland.  Our newsletter for students explains why.

ARK is also invaluable for teachers.  We have developed a series of teaching resources for a range of students and settings, including young people aged 11 years and above at school and in youth settings, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate university students.

 

Teaching datasets

These teaching datasets are based on ARK's suite of attitudinal surveys, and provide real life data for students to explore. Each dataset contains the full number of respondents as the original datasets, although the number of variables has been reduced.

These resources have been designed to be used on courses teaching quantitative statistical analysis in the social sciences. Each dataset has accompanying background notes and instructions.

Funding was received from the Higher Education Academy in 2013 to develop three of these datasets. For more information on this project, please click here.

In addition, teaching workbooks are available for both the 2012 LGBT and the 2003-12 YLT teaching datasets. These workbooks contain instructions for simple descriptive analysis with SPSS screenshots. They are intended to support independent study for undergraduates. If you wish to request a copy of the workbook/s (in pdf), please email Dr Emma Calvert at e.calvert@qub.ac.uk.

 

 

Survey Topic Files Citation
2014 Northern Ireland Life and Times Ageing Dataset (221 kb)
Documentation (574 kb)
Citation
2014 Northern Ireland Life and Times Dementia Dataset (206 kb)
Documentation (490 kb)
Citation
2012 Northern Ireland Life and Times Politics and good relations Dataset (270 kb)
Documentation (713 kb)
Citation
2012 Northern Ireland Life and Times Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues Dataset (232 kb)
Documentation (713 kb)
Citation
2008 Northern Ireland Life and Times Older people Dataset (207 kb)
Documentation (217 kb)
Citation
2008 Northern Ireland Life and Times Politics and community relations Dataset (244 kb)
Documentation (217 kb)
Citation
2006 Northern Ireland Life and Times Politics and community relations Dataset (30 kb)
Documentation (42 kb)
Citation
2003-2012 Young Life and Times Good relations Dataset (414kb)
Documentation (455 kb)
Citation

 

Tutorials for school and youth organisations

The ARK in Schools project provides relevant Northern Ireland-specific educational materials for schools and organisations working with young people aged 11 years or over, and for young people themselves. Many of the activities in the ARK in Schools modules are delivered through discussion, debates and small group work, which are designed to support the development of communication skills of young people. The modules build on information and data that are freely available online within the different constituent parts of the ARK website. The modules can either be used to complement other teaching resources or can stand alone.

 

National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM)

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) undertakes methodological research and training in the social science. ARK facilitates many of these courses in Northern Ireland. These courses are suitable for postgraduate students and researchers. For more information, and links to forthcoming courses, click here.

 

Citation

All work that uses or refers to a Northern Ireland/Young Life and Times Survey Teaching Dataset should acknowledge it using the appropriate bibliographic citation:

  • 2014 Ageing: ARK. Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey Teaching Dataset 2014, Ageing [computer file]. ARK www.ark.ac.uk/nilt [distributor], March 2016.
  • 2014 Dementia: ARK. Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey Teaching Dataset 2014, Dementia [computer file]. ARK www.ark.ac.uk/nilt [distributor], March 2016.
  • 2012 Good relations: ARK. Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey Teaching Dataset 2012, Good relations [computer file]. ARK www.ark.ac.uk/nilt [distributor], March 2014.
  • 2012 LGBT: ARK. Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey Teaching Dataset 2012, LGBT [computer file]. ARK www.ark.ac.uk/teaching [distributor], March 2014.
  • 2008 Older people: ARK. Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey Teaching Dataset 2008, Older People [computer file]. ARK www.ark.ac.uk/teaching [distributor], February 2013.
  • 2008 Politics and community relations: ARK. Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey Teaching Dataset 2008, Politics and Community Relations [computer file]. ARK www.ark.ac.uk/nilt [distributor], February 2013.
  • 2006 Politics and community relations: ARK. Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey Teaching Dataset, 2006 [computer file]. ARK www.ark.ac.uk/nilt [distributor], August 2007.
  • 2003-2012 Young Life and Times: ARK. Young Life and Times Survey Teaching Dataset 2003-2012, Good relations [computer file]. ARK www.ark.ac.uk/teaching [distributor], March 2014.

 

If you have any queries, please contact Paula Devine.