Do you enjoy school or not? That is the question

npj Summary: A team of researchers investigate what motivates students enjoyment of school ⎮1 min read

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Have you ever thought about your enjoyment levels at school? Did you leap out of bed every morning to get there on time or high five the teacher as you walked into every lesson? Well a team of researchers led by Tim Morris, based at the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford, the United Kingdom, wanted to know.

In a sample size of 12,135 children, student’s enjoyment of school at age 6 was assessed by answering three questions: What is the association between early school enjoyment and later academic achievement? To what extent do family background factors underlie this association? Do sex differences in school enjoyment underlie sex differences in achievement?

The children’s enjoyment was associated with gender and cognitive ability, but not with the family’s socio-economic background.

The results of the study showed that educational achievement strongly weighed into students enjoyment of school overall.

Read more about the research paper: Associations between school enjoyment at age 6 and later educational achievement: evidence from a UK cohort study by authors Tim Morris, Danny Dorling, Neil Davies and George Davey Smith.

Reference

Morris, T.T., Dorling, D., Davies, N.M. et al. Associations between school enjoyment at age 6 and later educational achievement: evidence from a UK cohort study. npj Sci. Learn. 6, 18 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41539-021-00092-w

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