Self-belief sees Class of 2020 manage disruptions

Students have faced prolonged periods of remote learning in 2020 (Bigstock)

Australian senior school students tend to have a strong belief in their abilities and feel supported by their teachers, which will help them persevere through disrupted schooling, new research shows. Source: The Age.

Data gathered from the 2018 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) suggests the Class of 2020 had strong foundations to deal with the year’s setbacks, which have included cancelled co-curricular activities and end-of-year milestones, as well as prolonged periods of remote learning.

But it reveals that high levels of self-efficacy – defined as a belief in one’s own ability – skewed more towards male students, those in private school systems and either overseas-born or first-generation students.

PISA national project manager and the report’s co-author, Sue Thomson, said the 15-year-old students who sat PISA tests in 2018 would be in their final years of high school now.

Data shows 93 per cent of those students believed they usually managed through difficulty “one way or another”, and 86 per cent thought they could usually find their way out of a hard situation.

Daisy Turnbull, the wellbeing director at St Catherine’s School in Waverley in Sydney’s east, said students who were well-rounded and involved in co-curricular programs had been able to bounce back quickly from the year’s challenges and gain perspective on events outside the school.

She said students had been developing resilience by focusing on what they could control, their own habits and routines, and by placing their own experiences in the context of a global pandemic.


Australian students have self-efficacy skills to help cope with pandemic: PISA data (By Natassia Chrysanthos, The Age

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