Recent GENERATION study asked 15-year-old school students across Australia to report on what they liked most about school. Analysis of open-ended responses revealed that the best aspects of Year 10 study were ‘friends’, ‘subjects’, ‘learning’ and ‘teachers’. There were some differences based on gender.
815 students mentioned Friends when asked what the best part of Year 10 was.
420 students mentioned Subjects when asked what the best part of Year 10 was.
360 students mentioned Learning when asked what the best part of Year 10 was.
257 students mentioned Teachers when asked what the best part of Year 10 was.
Using an open-ended question, GENERATION asked 15-year-olds to report on the best aspects of their Year 10 study. The most common word in their responses was ‘friends’. For those identifying as male or female, the second most important word was ‘subjects’ and then ‘learning’. For non-binary students, ‘teachers’ followed by ‘subjects’ were the second and third most commonly mentioned words.
Although ‘friends’, ‘subjects’ and ‘learning’ were among the top best aspects of year 10 studies, there were some gender differences in the top ten keywords. Notably for males, ‘work’ and ‘sports’ were among the top ten best aspects of school. For non-binary students, ‘art’ was a prominent aspect which did not score as high among males and females.