University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0738
Survey Title 3rd Basic Survey on Learning (High School Student Edition), 2001
Depositor Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute
(Former Name:Benesse Corporation)
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Educational Purpose Available for both research and instructional purposes.
Period of Data Use Permission One year
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Summary The “Basic Survey on Learning” has been conducted every five years since 1990 for the purpose of ascertaining the attitudes and behavior of Japanese students regarding learning. This survey asks the same schools to cooperate each time on the almost same question items and is thus able to accurately assess longitudinal changes since 1990. The survey subjects are elementary school, junior high school, and high school students in Japan, and characteristically, the survey is able to capture differences between regions and levels of schooling.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Second-year high school students in four regions in Japan [Tokyo, and urban and rural areas of the Tohoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu regions]
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Valid responses: 3,808
[1,143 people in Tokyo, 1,615 people in regional cities (Tohoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu regions), 1,050 people in rural areas (Tohoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu regions)]
*The first survey (1990): 2,005 people, the second survey (1996): 2,615 people
Date of Collection
Time Period
Spatial Unit Four regions in Japan [Tokyo, and urban and rural areas of the Tohoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu regions]
Sampling Procedure
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire survey distributed and collected through schools
Investigator Benesse Corporation
Sponsors (Funds)
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) Attribute
- Gender,in humanities or sciences  

(2) Regarding learning in school  
Subjects respondent is planning to take, favorite subject and disliked subject,level of understanding of main five subjects, subject respondent wants to study harder

(3) Studying at home 
Number of days respondent studies at home, contents studied at home,when respondent starts studying before tests, study method, type of study method, studying at home, learning in daily life

(4) Regarding class lessons in school
Behavior during class,lecture method respondent likes   

(5) Learning opportunities outside of school
Use of a tutoring school (juku), number of days attended, type (tutoring schools for supplementary learning/preparing for entrance exams), number of students per class, learning opportunities other than tutoring school (juku)

(6) What respondent feels when studying

(7) Grades received in school
Self-evaluation of grades, grades respondent desires to achieve, grades respondent can achieve with effort, important things to get good grades

(8) Worries about learning

(9) Perceived grades/perceived academic ability  

(10) Motivation to advance to higher education  
Level of education respondent desires to reach,type of university respondent wants to go to, whether respondent wants to take an examination for recommended students (“AO (admission office) examination”)

(11) Time spent on studying at home (weekdays and non-school days), time spent on watching TV (weekdays)

(12) Frequency of use of media like PC and TV, etc.

(13) Regarding home life
Possessions, relationship with parents,parents’ highest level of educational attainment

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
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Topics in SSJDA Education/Learning
Version 2013/06/20 :
Notes for Users Variable and value labels are written in Japanese.
The following data are not publicly available.
 - Q1 (1),(2)
 - Q14