ERIC Number: EJ985510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Stress and Anxiety Surrounding Forthcoming Standard Assessment Tests in English Schoolchildren
Putwain, Dave W.; Connors, Liz; Woods, Kevin; Nicholson, Laura J.
Pastoral Care in Education, v30 n4 p289-302 2012
The Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) taken by pupils in their final year of primary schooling in England have been widely criticised for placing children under too pressure and contributing to an increase in test-related stress and anxiety. In this exploratory study we set out to explore the experiences of forthcoming SATs in a small sample of children using an appraisal model of stress and to reflect on whether these criticisms are justified. Results from focus groups with pupils and interviews with class and head teachers suggested that there was diversity in pupils' experiences their tests. The pressures associated with SATs did not necessarily lead to negative outcomes and some children described SATs in more positive ways, as challenging rather than threatening. Self-worth judgements played a central role in individual-level appraisal and may also provide a useful link to discourses surrounding the value of academic credentials.
Descriptors: Credentials, Student Attitudes, Test Anxiety, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Focus Groups, Stress Variables, Elementary School Students, Standardized Tests, Self Concept, Academic Achievement
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)