University of Tokyo

Abstract
Survey Number 0619
Survey Title Survey on Future High School Life and Life during Junior High School, 2007
Depositor Wataru Nakazawa
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Summary This survey was designed to account for the fact that, although the integrated selection systems introduced mainly in urban areas for the purpose of correcting disparities between high schools for a period of time are being abolished one after another, hardly any data has been collected on the effects of the selection systems. This study was conducted for the purpose of acquiring as much empirical data as possible. This study will serve as valuable historical data as the integrated selection systems are abolished.

This survey drew comparisons, particularly between the rapidly disappearing integrated selection systems and the widely observable single-school-testing-type independent selection systems, as to what effects high school entrance exam systems have to junior high school students’ academic-path consciousness and their daily activities.

The question items mainly consisted of junior high school experience, the actual situation of behavior in daily life, living condition, high school entrance path, desired future path, attitude toward high school currently attending, and attitude to various issues.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe First-year students of high schools in integration-selection-system school districts and independent- selection-system high schools in West Japan.
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Integrated-selection-system high schools
1 high school: 315 valid responses from 320 students (98.4%)

Independent-selection-system high schools 
7 high schools: 1,765 valid responses from 1,801 students (98.0%)
Date of Collection May to July 2007
Time Period
Spatial Unit West Japan
Sampling Procedure Neighboring regions in which both integrated selection systems and independent selection systems could be observed were selected and then a survey was conducted of first-year students who had just enrolled by making requests to the high schools.
Mode of Data Collection First, questionnaire forms were mailed to teachers in charge or principals at each high school. Homeroom time, etc. was used to conduct group self-administered survey in classrooms. Once completed, questionnaires were collected in the classrooms and then all were returned by mail.
Investigator Principal investigator: Wataru Nakazawa, “High school entrance exam systems” study group
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Sponsors (Funds) Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items (1) Attributes, etc.
Gender, affiliated curriculum/course, high school entrance path, relationship between high school currently attending and desires when respondent was in junior high school, school commute time

(2) Junior high school years
Time spent studying at home on average on week days before taking high school entrance exams, junior high school experience, things kept in mind to pass high school entrance exam, grades received in junior high school, junior high school recollections (7 items), important things when selecting a high school (11 items)

(3) Current life and attitude/regarding the future
Time spent studying at home on week days at present, number of books at home, desired future path after graduating from high school, thoughts on skills and possibilities/future, etc. (9 items), current monthly allowance, participation in extracurricular activities, current living conditions (tutoring schools (juku)/after-school lessons/part-time (arubaito) job/mobile phone/personal computer/own room, etc.), home life (10 items including sleep/meals/conversations with guardians/newspapers/reading books), thoughts on how the current world is (6 items), school life and self (10 items), things that are important for current life/in thefuture (12 items)
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