Growing Up in Australia
Newsletter No. 25, Spring 2009

Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, ISSN 1448-9147 (Online)

2009 LSAC Research Conference

The second LSAC Research Conference is being held on 3-4 December 2009 in Melbourne at Rydges Hotel on Swanston Street, Carlton. The aim of the Conference is to provide a forum for the discussion of research based on data from the study and to highlight its potential uses in research and policy making.

A large number of submissions were received, with papers to be presented on a broad range of topics.  Some of these are:

For further details about the Conference including a full list of papers visit the LSAC Conference page.

Wave 3 data

The Wave 3 data is now available to researchers and policy makers. Application forms for access to the data are now available.

A full set of user documentation including an updated online data dictionary, user guide, weighting paper and marked up questionnaires is provided with the data and on the website.

Wave 4

Wave 4 fieldwork started earlier this year. While some families have already had a home visit, the majority will be interviewed in 2010, starting around March. Response to the first phase is encouraging, with approximately 85% of families who took part in Wave 3 also participating in Wave 4.

The perspectives of resident parents, parents living apart from but in contact with the child, and the children's teachers are sought. The younger group of children, now aged 6-7 years are asked questions about how they like school and how they feel in general. They also complete the Matrix Reasoning test and Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test. The group of children aged 10-11 years complete an audio, computer-assisted interview and the Matrix Reasoning test.

Between waves survey - Wave 3.5

In June we sent a newsletter to families updating them on the study's progress and enclosing a short mail back questionnaire (Wave 3.5).
The questionnaire asks about children's use of media and technology, their health, how they travel to and from school, the younger cohort's transition to school experiences, and parental involvement in learning for the older cohort.

The data from these mail back questionnaires will be released in 2010.

NAPLAN data linkage

A new development for the study is the linking to data from the new National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests. These provide information on students' academic ability in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. This new data linkage will provide valuable additional information on the children's school progress.

Life at 5

Following the successful screenings on ABC TV of Life at 1 and Life at 3, Heiress Films is producing the Life at 5 series. Interviews with the 11 children and their families occurred in September and October this year. The series draws on the experience of Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Life at 5 will be screened on ABC TV in late 2010.

Recent Publications

For information on recent publications, please visit the Publications page of the Growing Up in Australia website.

Joining the Mailing list

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Contact us

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