How often do the students learn

Survey: Schoolchildren do not enjoy learning

Only every third student in Germany likes to study for school. That is the result of a representative survey by the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy entitled "How do children and young people learn?" On behalf of the Deutsche Telekom Foundation. But even if this initially corresponds to common stereotypes about schoolchildren, the study also has a few surprises in store For example, scientists found that many students enjoy learning outside of school.

It is “crystal clear” that schools “cannot be satisfied with the fact that only a third of the children and young people like to study for school,” says foundation chairman Thomas de Maizière. The school must promote the potential of the children. That works particularly well with enthusiasm for learning. "Schools should be oriented towards youth centers, libraries or associations, because young people like to learn there," says de Maizière.

The possibility of participation also encourages the students to enjoy learning. Among the students who are allowed to have a say, 39 percent of those surveyed learn for fun. There are only 22 percent of those surveyed who do not have the option to participate.

For 86 percent of the students, the school is the central place of learning, but only one in five perceives the teacher as the most important support in learning. For 73 percent of those surveyed, their parents take on this role in homework and learning, for 67 percent, parents are also the most important mediators of knowledge.

According to the study, however, parents with a simple or intermediate school leaving certificate feel more insecure than parents with a high school diploma or a university degree. The former often find the school material too difficult. Thomas de Maizière comments: “Most mothers and fathers want to support their children and do so according to their respective possibilities - but they are known to be very different. School must recognize the various learning requirements and maximize potential. "

The study also provides information on how important the students find certain learning content: 59 percent of those surveyed rate using computers, mobile phones and the Internet as something they should learn. Only spelling and grammar are more important to them.

However, only 23 percent of the students surveyed found it important to learn how to assess the truthfulness of sources and information from media such as television or the Internet. In the natural sciences it is 25 percent. "The use of the computer takes place, but it takes place without criticism," said de Maizière. It is the school's job to take care of it.

1048 schoolchildren aged ten to 16 from grades 5 to 10 and around 500 parents with children in this age group took part in the survey. The survey was carried out before schools were closed due to the pandemic. How increased learning at home during the corona pandemic affects attitudes and learning behavior of children and adolescents is to be investigated in further studies.

rh / sts (with afp)