Happiness in higher education

Elwick, Alex ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9930-798X and Cannizzaro, Sara (2017) Happiness in higher education. Higher Education Quarterly, 71 (2) . pp. 204-219. ISSN 0951-5224 [Article] (doi:10.1111/hequ.12121)

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This article reviews the higher education literature surrounding happiness and related notions: satisfaction, despair, flourishing and well-being. It finds that there is a real dearth of literature relating to profound happiness in higher education: much of the literature using the terms ‘happiness’ and ‘satisfaction’ interchangeably as if one were tantamount to the other, such conflation being due to the move towards consumerism within higher education and the marketization of the sector. What literature there exists that actually deals with the profound happiness of students in higher education generally argues that in the UK institutions do not currently do enough to promote happiness in higher education. The findings of this review imply that flourishing, contentment and well-being should be regarded as legitimate goals of higher education, alongside satisfaction and related economic outcomes that are currently promoted across academic and policy literature, university rankings, and the National Student Survey.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 21382
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Elwick, A. and Cannizzaro, S. (2017), Happiness in Higher Education. Higher Education Quarterly, 71: 204–219. doi:10.1111/hequ.12121, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12121. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2017 15:26
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 21:01
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21382

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