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An analysis of the relationship between personal well-being and student engagement in higher education

    Session Title: An analysis of the relationship between personal well-being and student engagement in higher education
    Speaker: Kavita Singh, Professor, University of Delhi
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    Session description: The importance of student well-being for the academic outcome and the relationship between their level of engagement remains an area that is open for research. The state of well-being can be viewed from different perspectives ranging from physical well-being to spiritual well-being. The relationship between well-being and engagement is less studied at higher education, while in other areas it has been found to be positively associated. A reduction in well-being is likely to result in lower academic achievement and therefore a lower engagement with the institute. Enhanced well-being can result in high academic achievement leading to a successful academic experience and then to high engagement. Well-being has also been associated with the presence of positive emotions and moods, absence of negative emotions and positive functioning. An overall sense of well-being will include the following components: Physical well-being, Intellectual well-being; Emotional well-being; Relational wellbeing and Spiritual wellbeing. Student engagement is a process of making psychological investments in the activity of learning. While engaging, the students not only take pride in the outcome of learning in the form of assessment and grades but also look forward to internalizing their learning in their lives. It also refers to the amount of vigour, dedication and absorption shown by the student in the process of learning. For the purpose of current research, 500 self-administered questionnaires were distributed to students currently studying in a Premier Business School in India. A total of 364 questionnaires were returned back and were used for data analysis and were subjected to correlational analysis. The results obtained showed that all the dimensions of personal well-being namely, physical, intellectual, emotional, relational and spiritual well-being have a significant positive relationship with all the dimensions of student engagement namely vigour, dedication and absorption and also with the overall engagement. The correlations are significant at a .01 level of significance.

    Bio: Presently Professor in the area of Organization Behaviour, Organization Development and Change at the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi – 110007, India. Dr Singh has an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Delhi in 1987; an M.Phil. in Psychology from the University of Delhi in 1989; and a PhD in Management from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi –110007, India. The specific title of the research work is “A Study of Work Culture in Selected Indian Organizations”. Dr Singh has more than 32 years of experience in academics in the specific areas of Organization Behaviour and Organization Change & Development. She is actively involved in teaching, researching and training in the specified areas. She has been a faculty for a number of training workshops for both private and public sector organizations in the areas of Organization Behaviour and Changes. In 2008 she was nominated by the University of Delhi to attend a Colloquium on Participant centric learning at Harvard Business School. She has won a Career Award for Young Teachers given by AICTE for the financial year 2002-2003 and has finished a project on Learning Organization and Empowerment under the scheme. A project on the University-Industry interface awarded by the University of Delhi has been finished by her. She has also done a research project granted by the University Grants Commission to work in the area of Emotional Intelligence and Quality of Work Life. Another Research Project sponsored by ICSSR to understand the “Behavioral dilemmas of women Managers in Indian Organizations” has been completed by her in April 2013. She has also completed two Research projects with the University of Delhi. One was to understand the “Bullying Behaviours in University-based Departments and affiliated Colleges” and the second one to understand the Work-Life balance of Managers in Corporate. Dr Singh has presented a number of papers at National and International Conferences. She has published papers in various National and International journals and has authored three books on Organization Change and Development (published by Excel Books), Counseling Skills for Managers (published by Prentice Hall of India) and Organization Behaviour: Text and Cases. She has also co-authored a book on “Leadership in Dynamic Age”. She is professionally interested in researching and training in the areas of Human Behaviour, Interpersonal Relations, Team Building skills, Negotiation Skills, Leadership Skills, Work-Life Balance, Counseling Skills for Managers, , Change Management, Wellness and well-being and related areas. She has conducted a number of training workshops for private, public and multinational companies in the area of behavioural sciences.