The Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2012: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues Teaching Dataset is part of a suite of teaching and learning resources created as part of a Higher Education Academy (HEA) strategic project focusing on teaching research methods. The project Learning by numbers: new open educational resources for teaching quantitative methods ( (https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/disciplines/Soc_Sci/TRM_ProjectReports_2012-13-1) involved the creation of new teaching datasets from two major surveys focusing on Northern Ireland, with accompanying 'student-friendly' documentation and teaching guidelines. Specifically, two teaching datasets were created using NILT 2012 (see also SN 7547, which covers politics and good relations) as well as a time-series teaching dataset drawing on the 2003-2012 Young Life and Times (YLT) surveys (see SN 7548). Documentation combining an edited technical report and codebook accompanies the teaching datasets. This documentation includes details of all the variables included in the teaching datasets as well as a summary technical report, with the main issues outlines in accessible language, for example, research design, sampling and response rates. Teaching guidelines drawing upon the particular variables included in the datasets are also available.
This dataset focuses on public attitudes to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues in Northern Ireland. It is based on NILT 2012, and adapted for the purposes of this project. Some variables have been constructed and/or simplified for this teaching dataset – notes are provided in the codebook. While the teaching datasets contains the same total number of respondents, they are intended for teaching purposes only; it is advisable to use the original NILT 2012 study (see SN 7408) for research. Further information about the teaching datasets may be found on the ARK Teaching datasets: Learning by numbers webpage, http://www.ark.ac.uk/teaching/teachqm.html