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Fifth Australian Gallup Student Poll gets underway

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Gallup senior scientists have studied educational best practice for decades, and have identified three non-cognitive factors that impact on students. The 2017 poll opened last week, and remains open until April 7.

  • Hope: Ideas and energy we have for the future
  • Engagement: Involvement in and enthusiasm for school
  • Well-being: How we think about and experience our lives

These factors were chosen as they can be reliably measured, have a meaningful relationship with or effect on educational outcomes, are actionable at the local level (meaning we can pinpoint actions to take at a school level to improve each factor, and in doing so, improve student and school outcomes) and are not measured directly by another large-scale survey.

The GSP also measures student levels of entrepreneurial aspiration and the impact of involvement in philanthropic work. It offers an optional faith index asking questions like: “My school is committed to building the faith of each student”.

Some highlights from last year’s poll:

  • Engagement Decreases significantly from Year 5 to Year 12
  • Less than one in three Year 12 students feel they will find a good job when they leave school
  • One in five Year 12 students strongly agree, “they can find lots of ways around any problem.”
  • Only 30% of Year 12 students strongly agree “their school is committed to building the strengths of each student.”

An emerging body of research shows that a strengths-based approach is an effective intervention to decreasing engagement levels.

Gallup case studies outlining strengths interventions and resources

2017 Registration and pricing details

Download the full 2016 results report

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