Research Design

Taiwan Youth Project (TYP) has its pilot study in 1999 and conducted the first wave survey in the spring of 2000, with junior high students from Taipei County, Taipei City, and Yi-Lan County as the study population. In order to examine the effects of Taiwan’s educational reforms on the students, TYP takes two cohorts as the study subjects: the 1st year junior high students with an average age of 13 (those taking reformed high school entrance system) and the 3rd year junior high students with an average age of 15 (those taking old high school entrance system).

During phase I, the sampled youth have advanced from their early adolescence into early adulthood. After the end of phase I in 2009, both samples have become young adults aged 22 (seniors in college) and 24 (college graduates), respectively. The study is ongoing and since phase II, samples which are no longer divided by cohorts are interviewed once every three years: 2011, 2014 and 2017. In 2017, the average age of the sample was 31.