ERIC Number: EJ872291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
University Students' Wellness: What Difference Can a Course Make?
Higgins, J. Wharf; Lauzon, L. L.; Yew, A.; Bratseth, C.; Morley, V.
College Student Journal, v43 n3 p766-777 Sep 2009
The purpose of this article is to describe the influence of a health education course on first year university students. Initially designed to serve the pedagogical needs of physical education, recreation and kinesiology students, the course attracts a diversity of students across disciplines. We assessed the influence of the course as interpreted through one-minute papers gathered on the final day of class, and through personal interviews conducted with former students. The results suggest that the course influenced students' quality of life in three broad areas--physical, spiritual and psychological "Being," physical, social and community "Belonging," and most notably practical, growth and leisure "Becoming." Students were initially drawn the course to learn information about health and wellness, completed the course inspired by the potential for their own and others' wellness, and were bonded by the class structure, format and assignments. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Physical Education, College Freshmen, Health Education, Interviews, Student Attitudes, Wellness, Quality of Life, Course Descriptions, Course Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Writing (Composition)
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Education Level: Higher Education
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