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Conducting large-scale surveys in schools and colleges: the case of the youth on religion

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  • Nicola Madge
  • Peter Hemming
  • Anthony Goodman
  • Sue Goodman
  • Sarah Kingston
  • Kevin Stenson
  • Colin Webster
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/2012
<mark>Journal</mark>Children and Society
Issue number6
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)417–429
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


There are few published articles on conducting large-scale surveys in secondary schools, and this paper seeks to fill this gap. Drawing on the experiences of the Youth On Religion project, it discusses the politics of gaining access to these schools and the considerations leading to the adoption and administration of an online survey. It is concluded that successful research in schools has to be planned carefully in collaboration with key members of staff, and justified as an educational activity. Providing speedy feedback was helpful to ensure schools benefited from the research and to keep them engaged with the project