Reconceptualising postgraduate taught student experience through the lens of emotions and well-being: moving from explanatory methodology to revelatory

Wendee White (Lead / Corresponding author), Richard Ingram (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

This study introduces a methodological approach for exploring taught postgraduate (PGT) student experience as a relationship with emotion and wellbeing. We examine the anatomy of PGT student emotions at one UK university and explore their functional and consequential role in student experience. Findings suggest PGT student experience is defined by a complex array of emotions that interact closely with appraisal, motivation, and behaviour. They have deleterious or beneficial impact on core dimensions of learning and wellbeing including engagement, cognitive flexibility, and social connectedness. Our methodological approach provides an avenue for exploring this complexity through a multi-level and revelatory examination of emotions, from which it is possible to develop proactive approaches to student wellbeing through improved emotion awareness, competencies, and control.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102135
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Volume117
Early online date7 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Wellbeing
  • taught postgraduate
  • Student experience
  • multi-level qualitative analysis
  • emotion
  • Wellbeing, taught postgraduate
  • Student experience, multi-level qualitative analysis, emotion

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