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Pages: 8156-8164
Publication year: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-606-8243-1
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-8 July, 2015
Location: Barcelona, Spain

WELL-BEING AND SUCCESS IN MATURE LEARNERS PREPARING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

S. Geertshuis

University of Auckland (NEW ZEALAND)
The transition from school to university presents challenges as students engage with new people, places and ways of learning and teaching (Lowe & Cook, 2003). While many students may thrive in their new environment, the consequences for those who do not are manifold and extend well beyond the transition period. They include loss of well-being including: apathy and detachment (Johnston, 1994), distress (Laanan, 2001), anxiety (Gerdes & Mallinckrodt, 1994), depression (Poyrazli, Arbona, Bullington, & Pisecco, 2001). Higher education institutions devote considerable resources to mitigating the negative associates of loss of well-being and properly offer their students extensive healthcare and counselling services (McLaughlin, 1999; Regehr, Glancy, & Pitts, 2012). This paper argues that such medical models offer only partial solutions and issues of well-being have more general relevance; being related, for example, to motivation and enthusiasm and affected by and affecting the learning environments students occupy (Wolf, 2009). Existing higher education research relates mainly to well-being as indicated by self-reports of depression and anxiety and little is known about changes in enthusiasm and contentment over time. We report a study in which we monitored emotional well-being (depression, enthusiasm, anxiety, and contentment) in a cohort (N=130) of students enrolled in a university preparation course designed for mature learners. Data was captured at the beginning, mid-point and end of a 13 week course. Sub-clinical well-being was found to be predictive of a number of outcomes including proactive behaviours, self-directed learning, orientation to learning, leaving, belonging and satisfaction. We will explore the implications of our results for teaching, supporting, retaining and enthusing learners.
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title = {WELL-BEING AND SUCCESS IN MATURE LEARNERS PREPARING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION},
series = {7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN15 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-606-8243-1},
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S. Geertshuis (2015) WELL-BEING AND SUCCESS IN MATURE LEARNERS PREPARING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, EDULEARN15 Proceedings, pp. 8156-8164.
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