Insights into Student’s Happiness from Eurostudent 8 Georgia (72915)

Session Information: Higher Education
Session Chair: Mzia Tsereteli

Friday, 22 September 2023 12:15
Session: Session 2
Room: Eixample
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

The study aimed to reveal the academic factors that determine students’ feeling of happiness. Research was carried out on the secondary data of the Eurostudent 8 international survey. The study used the Georgian national database collected in 2021; 3207 BA university students (1743 female and 1464 male) from over the 40 Georgian universities were chosen as the participants of the study.

To examine the predictors of students' feeling of happiness, the study used a multiple regression model. The model was built on the basis of the independent variables of academic factors created by the universities. The study identified the following predictors of student’s happiness: positive and open educational environment, professors who support and motivate students, programs that offer rich libraries and care about students’ social and cognitive skills’ development, etc. The study also revealed that the happiness of students depends on their sense of belonging to the university and level of performance in study.
The received model accounted for over 40% of the variance of the variable of the happiness and highlighted the importance of academic and study environmental factors in the student’s academic wellbeing and happiness.

The paper discusses the broad construct of student’s happiness, and the findings are discussed in respect to the student's age, gender, special educational needs and experience of discrimination. Besides well-known social, health, and economic factors, the paper argues for the importance of academic and educational environmental factors in shaping students' happiness.

Mzia Tsereteli, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia
Ia Aptarashvili, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia

About the Presenter(s)
Dr.(habil.) in Psychological Science Mzia Tsereteli is a professor and head of Educational Psychology Institute at TSU, Georgia. She leads MA and PhD programs in Educational Psychology. Her field of expertise is learning/teaching processes.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00