ERIC Number: EJ1060607
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Institutional Factors That Positively Impact First-Year Students' Sense of Well-Being
Harmening, Debra S.; Jacob, Stacy A.
Journal of Case Studies in Education, v7 Jan 2015
This qualitative case study conducted at a single institution in the Midwest examines how institutional context and environment impact college students' sense of well-being. Twenty-seven first-year students participated in one to two hour, in-depth interviews where they talked about their first-year experiences, their concepts of well-being, and how campus experiences positively impacted their well-being. Interviews were transcribed and narratives were coded and analyzed using Strange and Banning's (2001) model of campus environments to consider how safety, involvement, inclusion, and community positively impact well-being. Findings suggest that being involved with peers, faculty, and resident assistants; being included in a diverse community and learning from diverse others' beliefs and worldviews; and taking part in dynamic classrooms and learning experiences that build a sense of community; positively impact well-being. Half of participants also talked about how the physical beauty of campus, and use of outdoor space, also positively impacted their sense of well-being. Overall findings are key indicators of how resources could be allocated for first year initiatives as well as possible directions for future research on student well-being.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Colleges, College Freshmen, Well Being, Interviews, College Environment, Student Participation, School Safety, Inclusion, Educational Facilities Design, Urban Universities, Credibility, Interpersonal Relationship, Student Diversity, Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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