ABSTRACT

Higher education is a high stakes process involving engagement with curricula and often entails coping with the onslaught of assessments and examinations. This process creates a level of intensity that impacts on the student experience in higher education. It is, therefore, important to consider not only the motivational aspects of learning but also quality of life issues, as they have profound effects on students. Quality of life affects the way students interact with their formal education, and has wide-reaching effects on future careers and their ability to coordinate everyday events. Integrating these two concepts, student motivation and quality of life, brings together the explicit elements that underpin learning in the higher education context, creating links between the affective and social aspects of the student life. This synthesis is integral to improving student retention and quality of life and has important ramifications for educationalists, administrators, pastoral care and academic support service personnel, and students themselves. Some highlights of the book include:

  • Applied Positive Psychology in Higher Education
  • Internationalisation and Quality of Life: A Taiwanese Perspective
  • The Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind (CALM) Website: Teaching Skills to Increase Resilience
  • The Oxford University Peer Support Programme: Addressing the Wellbeing of Students
  • Higher Education and Student Stress: Reclaiming Light, Liberty and Learning
  • Improving academic quality of life through attribution- and motivation-focused counselling

chapter |2 pages

Introduction

part |2 pages

PART I Student perspectives

part |2 pages

PART II Theoretical perspectives

chapter 3|11 pages

Motivation to learn

ByMARCUS A. HENNING, EMMANUEL MANALO

chapter 4|9 pages

Quality of life and higher education

ByREX BILLINGTON, CHRISTIAN U. KRÄGELOH

chapter 5|8 pages

Applied positive psychology in higher education

ByAARON JARDEN, REBECCA JARDEN

part |2 pages

PART III Diversity perspectives on motivation to learn and quality of life

chapter 6|9 pages

International students’ wellbeing, relationships, and quality of life

ByNANCY ARTHUR, NATALEE POPADUIK

chapter 10|8 pages

Health-related quality of life in a sample of young people in Spain

ByMARTA GIL-LACRUZ AND ANA ISABEL GIL-LACRUZ

chapter 12|9 pages

Quality of life and motivation to learn in medical students from different cultures

ByMATARORIA P. LYNDON, ANDREW G. HILL

chapter 14|10 pages

Pasifika relational space and its connection with motivation to learn and quality of life

ByMONA O’SHEA, I’UOGAFA TUAGALU AND MARCUS A. HENNING

chapter 15|9 pages

Motivation to learn and quality of life issues in higher education students with a disability

ByRACHEL DRYER, GRAHAM TYSON, ROSEMARY SHAW

part |2 pages

PART IV Promotion of motivation to learn and quality of life in higher education

chapter 17|9 pages

The Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind (CALM) website: teaching skills to increase resilience

ByFIONA MOIR AND ANTONIO FERNANDO III

chapter 20|7 pages

Resilience in tertiary students

BySTEPHEN WEALTHALL

part |2 pages

PART V Conclusion and model

chapter 23|10 pages

Synthesis of motivation to learn and quality of life

ByMARCUS A. HENNING, CHRISTIAN U. KRÄGELOH, GLENIS WONG-TOI,