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PISA 2015: Anxiety and bullying prevalent in schools. Students say they feel anxiety over school work and tests. Bullying is also a major issue for most schools, a new OECD report shows. 66% of students feel stress in relation to receiving poor grades. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s survey also reveals that 59% are concerned that tests will be difficult. Moreover, a total of 55% reported feeling anxious before a test, even if they have been well prepared.

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PISA 2015: Anxiety and bullying prevalent in schools

Published on Friday, 21st April, 2017 at 00:41 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan and Michael Sandelson   .

Students say they feel anxiety over school work and tests. Bullying is also a major issue for most schools, a new OECD report shows.

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66% of students feel stress in relation to receiving poor grades. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s survey also reveals that 59% are concerned that tests will be difficult.

Moreover, a total of 55% reported feeling anxious before a test, even if they have been well prepared.

The results form part of the OECD’s PISA 2015 survey, in which Norway showed a significant improvement in comparison to the one conducted in 2012.

Norway scored above average in student performance in reading, mathematics and sciences overall. In the category of equity, immigrant students were shown as under the average.

The OECD also assessed performance at school and life satisfaction. PISA 2015 asked students to rate their life on a scale from 0 to 10. 0 means the worst possible life, and 10 means the best possible life.

While students reported a level of 7.3 on a life-satisfaction scale on average (mean) across OECD countries (of which Norway is one), there are large variations in life satisfaction across countries.

“Variations in students’ reports of life satisfaction or happiness across countries might be influenced by cultural or local interpretations of what defines a happy life, and by differences in how life experiences are integrated into judgements of life satisfaction,” the report reads.

Among the Nordic Countries, Finland’s mean average was highest – at 7.89%. Iceland’s was 7.8%, and Denmark, Norway, and Sweden equalled the mean average percentage.

Schoolwork-related anxiety was covered as well, with differences between the genders.

Pupils were asked whether they agreed, strongly agreed, disagreed, or strongly disagreed with six statements.

These regarded frequent worry about difficulty taking tests, worry about getting poor grades, anxiety about a test despite being well-prepared, getting very tense while studying for a test, and getting nervous when not knowing how to solve a task at school.

 “On average across OECD countries, 59% of students reported that they often worry that taking a test will be difficult, and 66% reported that they worry about poor grades. Some 55% of students reported feeling very anxious for a test even if they are well prepared. 37% reported they get very tense when studying, and 52% reported that they get nervous when they don’t know how to solve a task at school,” stated the OECD.

The respective percentages for the Nordic Countries regarding anxiety over a test (even if well-prepared) and getting tense when studying were:

  • Denmark: 64.5% and 45.5%
  • Finland: 48.6% and 17.8%
  • Iceland: 51.1% and 36.5%
  • Norway: 60.9% and 45.7%
  • Sweden: 61.1% and 41%

Students’ motivation to achieve and their expectations of further education were additional topics covered.

When it came to their social life at school (belonging there, and their relations with teachers), one focus area was bullying. The PISA 2015 results show that both verbal and psychological bullying occur frequently in many countries.

“On average across OECD countries, around 11% of students reported that they are frequently (at least a few times per month) made fun of, 7% reported that they are frequently left out of things, and 8% reported that they are frequently the object of nasty rumours in school,” the OECD writes.

“More than 10% of students in 34 out of 53 countries and economies reported that their peers make fun of them at least a few times per month. A similar proportion of students in 13 of 53 countries and economies reported that others frequently leave them out of things, while in 16 out of 53 countries and economies, more than 10% of students reported that they are frequently the object of nasty rumours.”

Approximately 4% of students (on average across OECD countries), which is around one per class, reported that they have been hit or pushed more than once per month.

“Another 7.7 % of students reported they are physically bullied a few times per year, similar proportions of students reported that they are threatened by others. Around 4% of students reported that their belongings have been destroyed or taken away by other students, and another 11% of students experienced this type of bullying a few times per year,” says the OECD.

The respective percentages (mean) for the both the OECD the Nordic Countries regarding any type of bullying act are:

  • OECD: 18.7%
  • Denmark: 20.1%
  • Finland: 16.9%
  • Iceland: 11.9%
  • Norway: 17.7%
  • Sweden: 17.9%

PISA 2015’s Students’ well-being survey’s other categories, as well the report can be found here.



Published on Friday, 21st April, 2017 at 00:41 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: education, schools, curriculum, pisa, bullying, paywall.





  
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