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Census At School

October 2017

Students spend twice as much time on a mobile as they do watching TV

Figure 1 Average number of hours spent on media devices
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From an estimated 352,000 secondary school students, 3,471 (1.0%) students completed the Phase 16 questionnaire of the CensusAtSchool survey. It was available between September 2016 and August 2017. The phase 16 questionnaire covered a variety of topics including:

    •          UN Sustainable Development Goals
    •          the level of recycling in households
    •          the weight of school bags.

Interesting findings from Phase 16 results:

  • Students spent over 5 hours on their mobile per day. See Figure 1. Female students reportedly spent over an hour extra on a mobile than males on average. Male students reported that they spent 6 times longer than female students playing games on a PC or games console.  See Figure 2.
  • In 2016, the vast majority of students carry their bag on both shoulders. See Figure 3. Comparing the data to phase 12 data (published in 2013), female students show almost no change in how they carry their school bag, however males are now more likely to carrying their school bag on two shoulders in 2016 than 2012. See Figure 4a and 4b.  
  • A greater proportion of 6th year students (over 50%) responded with a high level of concern in relation to climate change. See Figure 5.
  • Irish students ranked the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) “No Hunger” as the most important SDG goal to them. The least important goal was “Partnership For The Goals”. See Table 1.
  • Students reported that over three quarters of their families engage in recycling. It is more popular than composting or using renewable energies. See Figure 6. Over a third of families engage in recycling alone (35%) and over a third (36%) engage in recycling and composting. See Figure 7. 
  • Paper/Cardboard is the most popular item by families as reported by the students. See Figure 8.
  • The most popular method of composting is using the brown bin and the most popular source of renewable energy is solar. See Figure 9 and 10.
  • Over half of students (54%) reported that climate is the main factor when their family decide on a holiday destination with cost of the holiday coming close second (52%). See Figure 11.
  • Students were asked to indicate which colour was their favourite. Both male and female students selected blue as their preferred choice. See Figure 12a and 12b.
  • Students were asked to indicate what one word described how they felt at that moment. For female students the most popular term was “Tired”. For male students the most popular term was “Happy”. See Figure 13a and 13b.

Background information:

CensusAtSchool is a non-profit making international project. It is funded by organisations interested in promoting good use of statistics, mathematics and data handling. Ireland became involved in CensusAtSchool in 2009. Four Irish bodies are collaborating in this project:

  • the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)
  • the CSO
  • Project Maths
  • the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).

The Irish website, www.censusatschool.ie, has been in place since 2009.

X-axis labelFemaleMale
Listening to Radio0.63784910.7099698
Playing Games
on a PC/console
0.4538822.8368457
On a PC/iPad/ Tablet2.06553712.4230874
Watching TV2.66278932.2230484
On Mobile5.86757774.7255263
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X-axis labelFemaleMale
On two shoulders
(e.g. backpack)
8686.01
On one shoulder11.110.62
Other1.31.28
On wheels1.121.68
In my hand0.470.41
FemaleMale
201211.8316.73
201611.110.62
Students who answered April as Census month
First Year60.2941176470588
Second Year52.327221438646
Third Year37.5
Transition Year48.9885664028144
Fifth Year55.6451612903226
Sixth Year48.8888888888889
FemaleMale
201285.9778.71
20168686.01
Low level of concern Medium level of concernHigh level of concern
1st year21.3334.4444.24
2nd year25.6732.9341.4
3rd year31.427.9140.7
Transition Year20.135.943.99
5th year30.1834.5535.27
6th year19.2727.5253.21
% who responded yes to the question
Recycling78.3059636992221
Composting42.7542494958225
Renewable energy8.12445980985307
Table 1: UN Sustainable Development Goals ranked by students and displayed in order of most important
UN Sustainable Development GoalRank
No Hunger1
Good Health2
No Poverty3
Clean Water & Sanitation4
Peace & Justice5
Quality Education6
Gender & Equality7
Good Jobs & Economic Growth8
Climate Action9
Renewable Energy10
Life On Land11
Sustainable Cities & Communities12
Reduce Inequalities13
Responsible Consumption14
Life Below Water15
Innovation & Infrastructure16
Partnerships For The Goals17
% of students' families
Recycling and
Composting only
35.8110054739268
Recycling only
34.6874099683088
Recycling,
Composting and
Renewable Energy
5.35868625756266
Recycling and
Renewable Energy
only
2.36243157591472
Composting only1.44050705848459
Renewable
Energy only
00.288101411696917
Composting and
Renewable Energy
only
00.115240564678767
% of families who recycle these materials
Paper/cardboard69.26
Plastic63.7
Glass54.54
Tin/Aluminum cans52.84
Batteries41.4
Electrical items28.9
Other4.49
% of families who use this composting method
Brown bin57.89
Personal compost37.92
Local compost facility2.16
Other2.02
% of families who use this renewable energy source
Solar74.73
Geothermal8.19
Wind6.05
Hydroelectric4.63
Wave2.85
Biomass1.78
Tidal1.78
% of students who reported that this was a factor for their family when determining their holiday destination
Climate53.82
Cost51.63
Safety36.16

Cultural
(Sport/entertainment)
28.67
Visit family22.76
Environment21.29
Education5.53
Other3.46
% chosen by female students
Blue31.43
Purple12.34
Pink10.1
Black6.82
Green6.3
% chosen by male students
Blue34.57
Red18.34
Green13.48
Black7.26
Orange4.31
% chosen by female students
Tired24.16
Happy18.49
Bored6.3
Hungry3.71
Confused2.8
% chosen by male students
Happy21.09
Tired11.51
Bored8.15
Good4.93
Grand2.64

Background Notes

About CensusAtSchools

The Royal Statistical Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE) started the CensusAtSchool project in 2000 in conjunction with the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in the UK. The project, originally a one-off, was linked to the UK population census of 2001. It has now developed into a dynamic, on-going and exciting initiative running in a number of countries. Further information can be found here:

USA                   http://ww2.amstat.org/censusatschool/index.cfm

Canada             http://www.censusatschool.ca/

Australia           http://www.abs.gov.au/censusatschool

New Zealand   http://new.censusatschool.org.nz/explore/

UK                     http://www.censusatschool.com/

Japan               http://census.ism.ac.jp/cas/

Sample

3,471 secondary school attendees from 124 secondary schools completed the Phase 16 questionnaire of the CensusAtSchool survey between September 2016 and August 2017. Because the survey is voluntary and not part of a representative sampling process, the results of the survey are less reliable in providing inferences about the overall secondary school student population.

Questionnaire

The CensusAtSchool Phase 16 questionnaire and more results from the survey can be found on the CensusAtSchool website at http://www.censusatschool.ie/en/take-part/questionnaires

A data tool for examining international CensusAtSchool data can be found:

http://censusatschool.com/getmydata.php

http://new.censusatschool.org.nz/explore/

It can be further explored using the facilities inbuilt in the inZight site operated by Statistics New Zealand.

https://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~wild/iNZight/index.php 

 

Map 1. Student participation in CensusAtSchool Phase 16 questionnaire classified by school's county‌

 Map 1 Student participation in CensusAtSchool Phase 16 questionnaire classified by school's county

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Note: The map only includes survey responses when the roll number on the questionnaire response matched a school roll number provided by the Department of Education and Skills.

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