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Who stands to benefit? Wellbeing, belonging, and challenges to equity in engagement in extracurricular activities at university

Winstone, Naomi, Balloo, Kieran, Gravett, Karen, Jacobs, Daniel and Keen, Harry (2020) Who stands to benefit? Wellbeing, belonging, and challenges to equity in engagement in extracurricular activities at university Active Learning in Higher Education.

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Abstract

Students’ engagement in extra-curricular activities can play a significant role in their development of a student identity, as well as leading to a greater sense of belonging and wellbeing. However, individual characteristics such as sociability may influence the likelihood of students engaging in extra-curricular activities. We collected mixed mode data from two online surveys to explore students’ perceptions of the impact of engagement in extra-curricular activities on their experience at university, as well as the mediating role of engagement in extra-curricular activities in the relationships between extraversion and wellbeing and sense of belonging to the University. Our data demonstrate that extraversion is positively associated with both belonging and wellbeing, and that engagement in extra-curricular activities also mediates these relationships. Our qualitative data uncover further nuances in engagement with extra-curricular activities; while many perceived outcomes are positive, some students express regret at opportunities missed, and find it challenging to balance extra-curricular activities and their studies. Taken together, these findings indicate that not all students stand to benefit equally from engagement in extra-curricular activities. Providing a range of opportunities that are accessible to a wide range of students may promote equity in participation in extra-curricular activities.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Winstone, NaomiN.Winstone@surrey.ac.uk
Balloo, Kierank.balloo@surrey.ac.uk
Gravett, Karenk.l.gravett@surrey.ac.uk
Jacobs, Danield.jacobs@surrey.ac.uk
Keen, Harryh.keen@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 29 February 2020
DOI : 10.1177%2F1469787420908209
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords : belonging, equity, extra-curricular activities, extraversion, student engagement, transition, wellbeing
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 05 Mar 2020 11:39
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2020 11:39
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/853874

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