Study on School Life Balance: How much child can children still be?
In conversation with parents, we often hear a problem that seems to upset many: Less and less time is available for pupils to spend their free time. Together with the market research institute YouGov, we have now worked on the subject of “School Life Balance” for the first time as part of a robust survey. In the study, 1,000 parents were questioned by schoolchildren, who reveal their assessment of stress and free time as well as the role of homework in school and learning life.
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Notes to the study
The study was conducted between 7 and 13 February 2018 by the market research institute YouGov on behalf of Duden Learnattack. In total, 1,000 parents were questioned by schoolchildren in Germany between the ages of five and 19 years. All class levels and school types were taken into account. Sibling children can differ greatly in their learning behavior and sense of stress. The interviewed parents were therefore asked to provide their information only for the oldest schoolchild in the household in order to obtain valid data.
High performance pressure as a stress driver
At 54 percent, more than half of the interviewed parents say that their child has less time compared to their own everyday school life. A good quarter (27 percent) even speaks of “significantly” less free time. This finding is contrasted with only 18 percent, who feel the leisure time of their schoolchildren compared to their own youth as sufficient.
“Little free time and the associated stress are a very unpleasant companion on the way to learning success and better grades. 69 percent of parents say that their child feels stress in everyday school and learning. Reason enough for us to create further offers that make learning more efficient and less stressful, “explains Steffen Biese, one of the three managing directors at Learnattack.
According to parents, the three biggest stress factors in everyday school life are high performance pressure (49 percent), performance assessments and examinations (42 percent) and personal development, for example with regard to puberty (36 percent). Teachers cite only 25 percent of parents as one of the most important reasons.
Even parents themselves feel stressed
According to the survey, another dimension of the school-life balance also affects parents themselves. Almost half (46 percent) say that they themselves feel a certain amount of stress in supporting their child in everyday learning. Unsurprisingly, 40 percent admit that school and learning stress leads to disputes between them and their child. In two-fifths of them, this happens even several times a week or more often.
According to more than one-third of parents (37 percent), school and learning stress has made sure that their child had to do without a hobby. “Some parents respond to problems in the context of school and learning with leisure restrictions. Achievements in music education or sports clubs, however, are just as important for self-esteem and personal development and should therefore be taken into account when balancing a good school-life balance. After all, children should not only be pupils or pupils, but above all children, “explains Julia Reinking, Managing Director of Learnattack with a focus on didactics.
Tips for a better school life balance
Homework is also a stress driver for many of their parents regarding the school-life balance of their children. 78 percent receive homework at least three to four times a week. It is striking how much homework and learning “at home” seem to polarize. While 45 percent of parents believe their child has too much time to spend after school, 52 percent say so.
We at Learnattack now offer over 20,000 learning content based on the science-based Learnattack method. This was done in collaboration with Prof. Dr. med. Michael Kerres, Professor of Media Didactics and Knowledge Management at the University of Duisburg-Essen, develops and focuses on efficient learning.
“My favorite tip for a good school-life balance is short, distributed learning phases, which in practice prove to be more sustainable than bulimia learning in intensive, long learning phases,” Reinking continues. In order to put some pressure on schoolchildren, thinking in small steps is also recommended: “A jump from ‘4’ to ‘4’ can be achieved faster in the short term than from ‘4’ to ‘1’. Realistic goals prevent frustration, demotivation and ultimately stress. “
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Duden Learnattack is the smart learning companion for better grades. In the spirit of a good school life balance, students learn all the contents and methods that promise success in their personal learning progress on the learning platform. Duden Learnattack accompanies you purposefully from fifth grade to high school. With a well-balanced mix of media, the digital learning companion provides support for all school-related topics – from homework assignments and presentations to classwork and final exams. The content on Duden Learnattack is created by teachers and includes learning videos and interactive exercises as well as original class work for the main subjects math, German and English as well as six further subjects. Experienced tutors are also available for individual learning support – unique in Germany, even via WhatsApp.
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