Posted: 18th October 2018
Dr Angela Zagoren – Director of Counselling and Wellbeing Health
As a Positive Education School, we believe that the social and emotional wellbeing of our boys is just as important as their academic outcomes. However, unlike academics, we lack a means of evaluating how well we are supporting our boys in this area.
For the past couple of years we have been working with researchers at Griffith University on the development of a science-to-service online student wellbeing system called “Life-Fit-Learning”. The system is designed to assist us in understanding more about student wellbeing and evaluating our Wellbeing Health programs. Typically, wellbeing measures focus on psychological constructs such as anxiety and depression but we wanted to extend this to the proactive areas of wellbeing we discuss with students such as sleep, physical activity and nutrition. We also wanted to understand the influence of environmental factors such as peer relations and school satisfaction on our students’ wellbeing, as well as some of the Positive Psychology student attributes that we focus on such as grit, optimism, gratitude and resilience. The information will allow us to better understand the needs of each year level and focus Wellbeing Health programs on collectively identified student needs.
As the Assess step of Life-Fit-Learning requires reading and comprehension ability, we are using it with Years 4 to 12 only. We are strongly committed to supporting our Preschool to Year 3 students and recognise that these foundation years are critical for early intervention. However, this requires parent report measures rather than self-report student measures. The Griffith Life-Fit-Learning team are currently developing the parent-report version of the Life-Fit-Learning system and we look forward to offering this in the near future to complete our picture of Wellbeing Health for all our students – P-12.
What is involved?
The Life-Fit-Learning system will provide information about each year level as a group. No names or identifiable information will be collected or stored on individual students. The School and the university will not know how an individual student answered the questions, but we will be able to see what issues exist in each Year Group and hence be able to work with Griffith to tailor our programs effectively. Our group data, along with data from other schools, will also help Griffith University research and develop effective child and adolescent wellbeing programs.
The Assess step of Life-Fit-Learning typically takes students around 30-50 minutes (depending on age) to complete and will be conducted during school time under the supervision of TSS staff. Questions relate to happiness, positive feelings, sleep, nutrition, exercise, friendships, school satisfaction, and social media and technology use. Questions also cover concepts such as student optimism, hope, grit and resilience. All questions have been used extensively in student wellbeing projects and contain an audio icon so that students can hear as well as read all items.
If you have any questions regarding the Life-Fit-Learning survey, please email Dr Angela Zagoren, Director of Counselling and Wellbeing Health at [email protected]
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