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National Household Education Survey, 2003 (ICPSR 4098)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics


The National Household Education Survey (NHES) reports 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. The Parent and Family Involvement in Education (PFI) Survey (Part 1) addressed homeschooling, school choice, types and frequency of family involvement in children's schools, school practices to involve and support families, learning activities with children outside of school, and the involvement of nonresidential parents. The Adult Education for Work-Related Reasons (AEWR) Survey (Part 2) collected information about participation in college and university degree or certificate programs taken for work-related reasons, postsecondary vocational/ technical diploma or degree programs taken for work-related reasons, apprenticeships, work-related courses, and work-related informal learning. In addition, the survey explored factors associated with participation or nonparticipation in adult education activities.

Series: National Household Education Survey (NHES) Series

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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    This study is provided by ICPSR. ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for a diverse and expanding social science research community.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Parent and Family Involvement in Education (PFI) Survey Data - Download All Files (32.199 MB)
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DS2:  Adult Education for Work-Related Reasons (AEWR) Survey Data - Download All Files (36.096 MB)
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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. NATIONAL HOUSEHOLD EDUCATION SURVEY, 2003. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, Institute of Education Sciences [producer], 2004. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    adult education, after school programs, basic skills, caregivers, child care, child development, early childhood education, educational programs, English as a Second Language, families, Head Start, home environment, home schooling, households, parental attitudes, preschool children, school age children

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2003

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-01--2003-04

Universe:    National sample of household members in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebooks, including frequencies, user guide, and data collection instruments are provided by the ICPSR as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    National sample of households.

Data Source:

random-digit-dial (RDD) telephone surveys

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.


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-11-11

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File UG4098.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-18 File QU4098.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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