Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 193–204 | Cite as

Predictors of Dutch and Finnish Children’s Satisfaction with Schooling

  • Justus J. RandolphEmail author
  • Marjaana Kangas
  • Heli Ruokamo
Research paper


Considerable research has shown that there are clear links among satisfaction with schooling, overall life satisfaction, and physical and psychological well-being. In this investigation, we expand on that line of research by identifying the predictors of overall satisfaction with schooling of 331 Dutch and Finnish pupils aged 6–13. Similar to previous research, student age, student gender, and teacher likeability were strong predictors of students’ overall satisfaction with schooling. New findings from this investigation were that teacher gender and class size were significant predictors of overall satisfaction with schooling.


School satisfaction Satisfaction with schooling Subjective well-being Predictors Finnish students Dutch students Children 



This research was supported by the Finnish Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES), by Finnish municipalities, and company partners ( We would like to acknowledge the contributions of Pirkko Hyvönen, Leena Heiskanen, Ellaveera Hyvönen, and others in collecting the data on which this investigation was based. Justus J. Randolph is now at Finlandia University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Justus J. Randolph
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marjaana Kangas
    • 1
  • Heli Ruokamo
    • 1
  1. 1.InnoPlay Project, Faculty of Education, Center for Media PedagogyUniversity of LaplandRovaniemiFinland

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