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National Household Education Survey, 1996 (ICPSR 2149)

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The National Household Education Survey (NHES) series reports information on the condition of education in the United States by collecting data at the household level rather than using a traditional school-based data collection system. The surveys attempt to address many current issues in education, such as preprimary education, school safety and discipline, adult education, and activities related to citizenship. This survey included two topical survey components: Parent/Family Involvement in Education (PFI) and Adult and Youth Civic Involvement (CI). The PFI component, which elicited information from parents and children aged 3 years through grade 12, focused on four areas: types and frequency of family involvement in children's schools, communication with teachers or other school personnel, children's homework and behavior, and learning activities with children outside of school. Other information collected for this component pertained to student experiences at school, children's personal and demographic characteristics, household characteristics, and children's health and disability status. The PFI information is provided in Part 1, Parent and Family Involvement in Education and Civic Involvement -- Parent Data. The CI component of the survey gathered information on civic participation, sources of information about government issues, and knowledge and attitudes about government. Items were administered to youths in grades 6 through 12 (Part 2, Youth Civic Involvement Data) and their parents, as well as to a representative sample of United States adults (Part 3, Adult Civic Involvement Data). The CI component also addressed opportunities for youth to develop personal responsibility and skills that would facilitate their taking an active role in civic life. CI questions were also asked of the parents surveyed in the PFI component, and these data also can be found in Part 1. In addition to the two major topical components, a screener component of the survey collected demographic and educational information on all members in every household contacted, regardless of whether anyone in the household was selected for an extended interview. (The term "extended interview" refers to the interviews completed in the topical components of the study, i.e., the Parent PFI/CI, the Youth CI, or the Adult CI interviews.) Items on the use of public libraries by the household were also administered in the screener portion for households without Parent PFI/CI extended interviews and in the first Parent PFI/CI interview in households in which one or more children were sampled. These data are presented in Part 4, Household and Library Data.

Series: National Household Education Survey (NHES) Series

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DS1:  Parent and Family Involvement in Education and Civic Involvement -- Parent Data - Download All Files (63.7 MB)
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DS2:  Youth Civic Involvement Data - Download All Files (24.8 MB)
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DS3:  Adult Civic Involvement Data - Download All Files (4.9 MB)
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DS4:  Household and Library Data - Download All Files (168.6 MB) large file
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DS5:  User's Manual
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Study Description


United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences. National Center for Education Statistics. National Household Education Survey, 1996. ICPSR02149-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences. National Center for Education Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   academic achievement, access to information, adult education, basic skills, child care, child development, citizenship, classroom environment, community participation, course content, early childhood education, educational environment, educational programs, elementary education, families, home environment, home schooling, households, parent child relationship, parental attitudes, parental influence, participation, physical health, secondary education, social interaction, student attitudes, student values, youths

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1996

Date of Collection:  

  • 1996-01--1996-04

Universe:   PFI component: Parents and children in households with children 3 years old through grade 12. CI component: Students in grades 6 through 12 and their parents, and adults 18 years or older, not enrolled in grade 12 or below, and not on active duty in the military, whose responses to CI items provided estimates representative of the entire civilian United States population. Screener interviews: All households in the United States.

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   A random-digit-dial (RDD) telephone survey of households.

Data Source:

computer-assisted telephone interviews

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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