the HSC

Topic:
The stresses that students have to deal with during the HSC in year 1
Hypothesis:
Students who completed their hsc in 2020 had greater stresses than GEN Y due to covid19
– Covid
– Trinitys marks before 2020
– The nesa website – hsc statistics
– Uni applications – atar cut offs
– Read markers comments
– 2020 – 2019 ( how prepared they felt)
– Education sites – discuss the effect of covid on education
Research:
● COVID-19 creates pressure cooker conditions for HSC students
● Self-harm and suicidal thoughts have increased up to 40 per cent among young people
● It was really hard to keep doing work because stress just kept piling up and you didn’t
get a break, you were stressed but you still had to do the work,” she said.
● The coronavirus outbreak has caused an unprecedented increase in demand for mental
health support services for young people.
● The Kids Helpline reported a 40 per cent rise in demand for counselling services in
March.
● The HSC has never been as stressful and anxiety-inducing for students as it is in 2020.
● With limited face-to-face teaching time and a greater focus on independent study,
students are feeling the pressure of the HSC greater than ever.
● 4 in 5 students feel disadvantaged for their HSC due to COVID-19
● 43% 1 in 2 2 in 5 Do not learn effectively at home via online learning
● 3 in 5 76% 1 in 10 Say their mental health has been impacted
● 2 in 5 Do not learn effectively at home via online learning Agree their school has made
an effective transition to online learning Find studying for the HSC from home their
biggest source of anxiety
● Galloways study indicates that students who spent more than 3 hours on homework per
night, experience greater behavioural engagement in school, but also more academic
stress, physical health problems and lack of balance in their lives. The study described
homework as a stressor causing anxiety in students’ lives.
● Goetz et al conducted a study in 2012, in order to evaluate the students emotions during
the completion of homework. The results of this study confirmed that students
experienced multiple emotions as they were doing homework such as, anxiety, anger
and boredom in the 4 subjects of mathematics, physics, german and english.
● According to a study by Stanford University, 56 per cent of students considered
homework a primary source of stress.
● Excessive homework can also result in poor eating habits, with families choosing fast
food as a faster alternative.What part of the hsc course does your topic relate to
Continuity and change
● The difference between the stresses of generation Z and X
Increasing reliability and validity:
→ Use enough questions to assess competence
→ Ensure participants are familiar with the assessment user interface
→ Respondent validation, which can involve the researcher taking their interpretation of the
data back to the individuals involved in the research and ask them to evaluate the extent to
which it represents their interpretations and views
How will your topic help improve your understanding of society and culture
– It reflects on the things that impact society
– It informs me of the different ways stress impacts people
– It informs me how people are affected by change and stress
Method: Questionnaire, Survey
What is a questionnaire –
A questionnaire is a research method consisting of a series of questions for the purpose of
gathering information from respondents
Practice questions – Generation z
➔ 1: What do you feel affected you the most during the hsc periods ?
➔ 2: Did you feel stressed during the hsc period ?
➔ 3: What was the main cause of your stress ?
➔ 4: How did covid impact your mental wellbeing during the HSC period ?
➔ 5:
➔ 6:
➔ 7:
➔ 8:
➔ 9:
➔ 10:➔ 11:
➔ 12:
➔ 13:
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➔ 15:
Generation Y questions:
➔ 1: What stresses did you experience during the period of your hsc


How will continuity and change addressed
– The difference in stresses between 2020 + 2021s on HSC students then 1900s hsc
students
The timeline:
WEEK 3 – Develop and plan topic
– Decide and develop hypothesis
– Research ways to increase reliability

WEEK 4 – Develop practice questions / a
questionnaire in order to see results of
questions.
– Analyse the responses received from
the questions to see that they are
beneficial.
WEEK 5 – Decide on one method of sampling
which is most beneficial
– Ensure the method is the most
reliable
WEEK 6 – Establishing and deciding on the
sample group / size which is most
effective and beneficial.
– Research ways to stop biasness
-Websites used → bib
● https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-23/coronavirus-nightmare-for-hsc-students-but-res
ilience-shows-too/12262568
● https://artofsmart.com.au/research-reports/
● https://mdsoar.org/bitstream/handle/11603/3896/AnnousIbtissam_paper.pdf?sequence=1#:~:text
=Galloway’s%20study%20indicated%20that%20students,causing%20anxiety%20in%20students’
%20lives.

Pip scaffolding
Introduction: 500 words
– What is the topic about
– Why did u chose it
– How does it contribute to better understanding of sac
– Cross Cultural perspective
– How change & continuity will be explored
– Choice of methodologies explained

Log: 500 words
Outlines the process of selectingm a topic:
Developing and refining chosen:
Conducting secondary research:
Writing and edit processes:
Acknowledge limitations of your research:
Identify any ethical considerations involved in
your topic research process, indicate your
awareness and use of ethical research
procedures:
Central material: 2500-4000words
May be accompanied by photographs, tables,
graphs and or diagrams that should be
labelled and incorporated into the text
through discussionMust contain a cross cultural perspective
Must address continuity and change
Concepts, methodies, cross cultural
perspective and continuity and or change
should be integrated in the central material .
Conclusion:
A statement of what the student learnt from
the personal interest project
Comments about improvements to social
cultural literacy
Annotated resource list

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