ERIC Number: EJ1163684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
The Subjective Well-Being of First-Year Tertiary Students during an Induction Programme
Chigeza, Shingairai; de Kock, Johannes H.; Roos, Vera; Wissing, Marie P.
Africa Education Review, v14 n3-4 p20-35 2017
This article describes the perceptions of first-year students' subjective appraisal of their well-being before, during and after participation in an induction programme at a higher education institution (HEI). Twenty-two first-year students participated in focus group discussions (FGDs) and semi-structured individual interviews. Thematic and interpretative analyses suggested shifts in the students' levels of well-being: high before, low during, and increased after the induction programme. Low levels of well-being were linked to experiences of fear, feeling disrespected, and disillusionment with university life, leaders, and a perceived loss of autonomy, independency and social-relatedness. An increase in well-being was associated with social integration, support, the ability for self-reflection and perspective taking. Well-being is a relational and collective matter which is embedded in broader contexts. Therefore, historical legacies of oppression and inequality should be challenged through constructive debate, involving previously neglected voices intentionally; and creating opportunities for the expression of students' needs and growth potential.
Descriptors: Well Being, College Freshmen, School Orientation, Focus Groups, Semi Structured Interviews, Fear, Personal Autonomy, Social Integration, Perspective Taking, Qualitative Research, Foreign Countries, Program Effectiveness, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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