Linking Higher Education Pursuit to the Well-Being of Chinese High School Students (73875)

Session Information: Mind, Brain & Psychology: Human Emotional & Cognitive Development & Outcomes within Educational Contexts
Session Chair: Daisy Mae Bialba

Thursday, 23 November 2023 14:20
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 708
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Higher education aspirations (the desire to be admitted to the ideal university) have always been the most important goal for high school students from China and other East Asian societies, like Japan and South Korea which are deeply influenced by the Confucian examination culture. Framed by Diener’s well-being theory, goal theory and Csikszentmihalyi’s flow theory, this study aimed to examine how higher education pursuit affects the well-being of Chinese students. This study employed an explanatory mixed-method approach to collect the empirical data. By convenient sampling and stratified sampling, a sample of 3,810 students aged between 16 and 19 from eight high schools in Jiangsu was surveyed by a validated context-relevant questionnaire instrument. Structural Equation Modeling results indicated that the commitment of higher education goal positively predicted well-being and academic engagement played the mediating role. Additionally, through exam stress, the commitment of higher education goal decreased well-being. Semi-structured individual interviews were subsequently conducted with 27 students and found that Chinese high school students attached great value to higher education pursuit, including the “family-related value”, “instrumental value”, “growth-related value” and “dream-related value”. Their attitude towards higher education pursuit affected their well-being. In conclusion, both positive and negative effects of higher education pursuit on Chinese students’ well-being exist, which results from their high value to higher education pursuit. Findings were discussed from the perspective of positive psychology and social culture. The corresponding recommendations are of general value and can be learned by East Asian countries whose cultures have been influenced by Confucianism.

Feng Han, Tsinghua University, China
Xuanyu Chen, Beijing Normal University, China
Mofan Yang, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Feng HAN is a University Postdoctoral Fellow or Instructor at Tsinghua University in China

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00