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PISA 2015 Results (Volume III)

Students' Well-Being

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The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) examines not just what students know in science, reading and mathematics, but what they can do with what they know. Results from PISA show educators and policy makers the quality and equity of learning outcomes achieved elsewhere, and allow them to learn from the policies and practices applied in other countries. PISA 2015 Results (Volume III): Students’ Well-Being, is one of five volumes that present the results of the PISA 2015 survey, the sixth round of the triennial assessment. It explores a comprehensive set of well-being indicators for adolescents that covers both negative outcomes (e.g. anxiety, low performance) and the positive impulses that promote healthy development (e.g. interest, engagement, motivation to achieve).

Children spend a considerable amount of time in the classroom: following lessons, socialising with classmates, and interacting with teachers and other staff members. What happens in school – as well as at home – is therefore key to understanding whether students enjoy good physical and mental health, how happy and satisfied they are with different aspects of their life, how connected to others they feel, and the aspirations they have for their future.

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Students' paid and unpaid work

For the first time, PISA 2015 asked students to report whether they worked for pay and/or worked in the home (or cared for family members) before or after school during the most recent day that they attended school. This chapter reveals the extent to which 15-year-old students around the world work for pay, or work unpaid in the household, before or after school. The chapter examines which students are more likely to work for pay and which are more likely to do household work without pay. It also discusses the relationship between paid and unpaid work, and students’ performance in and attitudes towards school.

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