Well-being and academic learning

Hascher, Tina (28 August 2015). Well-being and academic learning (Unpublished). In: 16th European Conference on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). Limassol, Cyprus.

In the last 20 years research on learning and instruction has increasingly integrated non-cognitive aspects such as learners’ emotions. Besides discrete emotions more holistic affective experiences such as subjective well-being should deserve attention as it can be assumed that they foster successful learning. Although it is evident that subjective well-being is relevant for learning in academic settings, empirical research is still rather small. In my presentation I will address the role of subjective well-being in academic learning settings from school to university. In accordance with different sub-disciplines of psychology subjective well-being will be introduced as a key concept for human functioning that consists of cognitive, emotional, and physical components, i.e. a learner’s thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations. Based on theoretical considerations I will explain the concept of subjective well-being and argue that well-being serves three main functions: (a) it indicates if learners perceive the learning environment as positive, (b) it is conducive to the learning process, and (c) as a resource it helps learners to cope with negative influences on learning and individual development. Then I will present a series of my empirical studies that investigate the correlates and predictors of subjective well-being and the importance of subjective well-being for academic settings. Finally I will discuss how well-being research can contribute to a better understanding of academic learning and teaching and what can be learned from this for teacher education.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > School and Teaching Research

UniBE Contributor:

Hascher, Tina


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education




Selina Teuscher

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28 Jul 2017 13:31

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28 Jul 2017 13:31



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