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ERIC Number: ED507193
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
School Experiences of 15 and 16 Year-Olds. LSAY Briefing Number 16
Underwood, Catherine; Rothman, Sheldon
Australian Council for Educational Research
This "Briefing" provides a summary of students' experiences at school and their attitudes and perceptions of these experiences at ages 15 and 16. It is based on information obtained in both years from these young people who participated in Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2003 and are now part of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) 2003 cohort. This briefing highlights include: (1) 15 and 16 year-olds have strong positive attitudes about their schools: 94% said that they felt happy, safe and secure at school; (2) Students generally reported positive relationships with their teachers: 87% felt that teachers would give them extra help if needed; (3) Students rate their teachers highly in their subject knowledge, but admit it can be difficult sometimes for teachers to maintain students' interest; (4) Three out of ten students enrolled in a VET in Schools subject as part of their Year 11 studies, and the majority of these students had some workplace learning as part of their VET studies; (5) Six out of ten 15 and 16 year-olds plan to study at university after leaving school; and (6) More than one-half of 15 and 16 year-olds work part time while at school, with over 50% working more than 10 hours per week. (Contains 1 table, 4 figures and 1 footnote.) [Funding for this document was provided by the Australian Education Systems Officials Committee (AESOC) through the National Fund for Educational Research.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth; Program for International Student Assessment