Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Well-Being and Learning in School

  • Tina HascherEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_1832



Although there are various definitions for the term “well-being,” it is agreed that well-being in school represents a set of  subjective feelings and attitudes toward school. Moreover,  enjoyment (some use the term “happiness”) is recognized as a core element of well-being in general as well as at school. Well-being in school is defined as an indicator of the quality of scholastic life, and contributes to students’ physical and psychological health and development. As such it is strongly connected to learning. Well-being in school consists of cognitive, emotional, and physical components, i.e., a learner’s thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations. Consequently, it differs significantly from an individual’s cognitive appraisals like satisfaction, or from discrete positive emotions like enjoyment. Well-being in school can be described through the relationship of positive and negative aspects of school life (cf. Hascher 2008):...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational ResearchUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria