Promoting twenty-first-century student competencies: a wellbeing approach

Whiteside, Mary, Bould, Emma, Tsey, Komla, Venville, Annie, Cadet-James, Yvonne, and Morris, Meg E. (2017) Promoting twenty-first-century student competencies: a wellbeing approach. Australian Social Work, 70. pp. 324-336.

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In Australia and internationally, universities are preparing students for the twenty-first century through building the competencies fundamental for both social sustainability and wellbeing. However, there is little evidence on how these competencies can be fostered in curricula. This article presents the findings of a mixed-methods pilot of an Aboriginal wellbeing intervention that seeks to build such attributes when integrated into an undergraduate social work curriculum. A questionnaire incorporating the validated Growth and Empowerment Measure, the Australian Unity Personal Wellbeing Index, and open-ended qualitative questions was administrated to 64 first-year social work students before and after the intervention. Significant changes on both measures suggest that the intervention is highly relevant for student wellbeing, particularly for those who rated themselves as below the median at baseline. The qualitative findings highlight the relevance of the program for promoting social competencies that enable people to problem-solve and adapt in a complex world.

Item ID: 47309
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0748
Keywords: wellbeing; student; aboriginal wellbeing; intervention; education for sustainability
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 02:09
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390412 Teacher and student wellbeing @ 20%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390199 Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 20%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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