A Workshop on the Analysis of Longitudinal Study of American Youth (LSAY) Data

The Longitudinal Study of American Youth (LSAY) has followed a national probability sample of 7th and 10th grade public school students for the last 25 years and is the largest and most comprehensive data set available to examine the factors that contribute to student and young adult interest in and understanding of science and technology. The LSAY is distinctive in its measurement of home, school, peer, and community variables over more than two decades, making it ideal for analyses that seek to understand the interaction between and among these factors.

The proposed workshop will include a combination of younger university- based scholars and data-focused program directors and managers from informal science learning institutions. Through the acquisition of the skills that will be provided in this workshop, workshop participants will be able to improve policy and the delivery of both formal and informal educational services throughout the nation. This is a cyclical process – the improvement of practice and theory based on LSAY data will generate additional scholarship which will eventually inform future practice. Bringing good data into the design and deliver of science education is a long-term investment in the quality of science education in the future.


Jon Miller, Center for Political Studies (PI)

American National Science Foundation (NSF)

Project Period
6/15/2012 - 5/31/2013