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Evaluating leadership, wellbeing, engagement, and belonging across units in higher education: a quantitative pilot study


Knox, MW and Crawford, J and Kelder, J-A and Carr, AR and Hawkins, CJ, Evaluating leadership, wellbeing, engagement, and belonging across units in higher education: a quantitative pilot study, Journal of Applied Teaching and Learning, 3, (Sp. Iss. 1) Article 12. ISSN 2591-801X (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.37074/jalt.2020.3.s1.12


Students are increasingly diverse, with traditional pedagogies and instructional approaches lacking effectiveness in engaging a variety of student cohorts. This study takes a behavioural approach to examining students in the classroom, seeking to better understand the relationships between authentic leadership, wellbeing, belonging, and engagement among students in an Australian Associate Degree program. This paper reports on a quantitative survey conducted at the beginning of a teaching period, with longitudinal data points expected as this cohort progresses. Preliminary findings are that while studentsí self-reported authentic leadership scores had associated gains in their psychological wellbeing, and classroom belongingness and engagement, their informal influence played the largest role. This could indicate that supporting students to develop deeper psychological behavioural capabilities (such as self-awareness and sincerity) would have the potential to strengthen the relationship between authentic leadership and student outcomes, by supporting a self-reinforcing effect among the authentic leader behaviours.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:authentic leadership, student engagement, student experience, student leadership, student wellbeing
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Knox, MW (Mr Matthew Knox)
UTAS Author:Crawford, J (Dr Joseph Crawford)
UTAS Author:Kelder, J-A (Dr Jo-Anne Kelder)
UTAS Author:Carr, AR (Associate Professor Andrea Carr)
UTAS Author:Hawkins, CJ (Dr Clayton Hawkins)
ID Code:139612
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2020-06-23
Last Modified:2021-07-15

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