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Evaluating leadership, wellbeing, engagement, and belonging across units in higher education: a quantitative pilot study


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Knox, MW ORCID: 0000-0002-6092-071X, Crawford, J ORCID: 0000-0002-2191-6216, Kelder, J-A ORCID: 0000-0002-8618-0537, Carr, AR ORCID: 0000-0001-8201-7890 and Hawkins, CJ ORCID: 0000-0002-7761-0451 2020 , 'Evaluating leadership, wellbeing, engagement, and belonging across units in higher education: a quantitative pilot study' , Journal of Applied Teaching and Learning, vol. 3, no. Sp. Is , pp. 108-117 , doi: 10.37074/jalt.2020.3.s1.12.

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Students are increasingly diverse, with traditional pedagogies and instructional approaches lacking effectiveness in engaging a variety of student cohorts. This study takes a behavioural approach to examining students in the classroom, seeking to better understand the relationships between authentic leadership, wellbeing, belonging, and engagement among students in an Australian Associate Degree program. This paper reports on a quantitative survey conducted at the beginning of a teaching period, with longitudinal data points expected as this cohort progresses. Preliminary findings are that while students’ self-reported authentic leadership scores had associated gains in their psychological wellbeing, and classroom belongingness and engagement, their informal influence played the largest role. This could indicate that supporting students to develop deeper psychological behavioural capabilities (such as self-awareness and sincerity) would have the potential to strengthen the relationship between authentic leadership and student outcomes, by supporting a self-reinforcing effect among the authentic leader behaviours.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Knox, MW and Crawford, J and Kelder, J-A and Carr, AR and Hawkins, CJ
Keywords: authentic leadership, student engagement, student experience, student leadership, student wellbeing
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Teaching and Learning
Publisher: Kaplan
ISSN: 2591-801X
DOI / ID Number: 10.37074/jalt.2020.3.s1.12
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Copyright 2020 Matthew Wayne Knox, Joseph Crawford, Jo-Anne Kelder, Andrea Rose Carr, and Clayton J. Hawkins. This is anopen-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution orreproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that theoriginal publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction ispermitted which does not comply with these terms.

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