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Student workload, wellbeing and academic attainment

Smith, Andrew P. ORCID: 2019. Student workload, wellbeing and academic attainment. Presented at: H-WORKLOAD: 3rd International Symposium on Human Mental Workload: Models and Applications, Rome, Italy, 14-15 November 2019. Published in: Longo, Luca and Leva, Maria Chiara eds. Human Mental Workload: Models and Applications: Third International Symposium, H-WORKLOAD 2019, Rome, Italy, November 14–15, 2019, Proceedings. Springer, -. 10.1007/978-3-030-32423-0_3

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There has been extensive research on workload, often in the laboratory or workplace. Less research has been conducted in educational settings and there is very little examining workload, wellbeing and academic attainment of university students. The present study of 1294 students examined associations between perceptions of workload, hours spent at university, time pressure and attainment and wellbeing outcomes (measured using the Wellbeing Process Questionnaire). Established predictors (stressors; social support; negative coping; positive personality and conscientiousness) were controlled for, and the analyses showed that workload was significantly associated with all outcomes whereas time pressure was only related to course stress and negative wellbeing (life stress, fatigue and anxiety/depression). Hours spent at the university had no significant effects. The effects of workload were interpreted in terms of an initial challenge leading to increased efficiency and attainment. These results show the importance of including workload in future longitudinal research on student wellbeing and attainment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783030324230
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 October 2019
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 07:51

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