Authors : Pornpen Somaboot and Buapun Promphakping
Abstract: The wellbeing of learners has been manifest in the education policy of a number of countries. However, there is often controversy over the measurement of wellbeing, partly due to various socio-cultural differences. This study aims to examine the meanings of student wellbeing from the perspectives of students, parents and teachers who are associated with learning; these meanings will be then be translated into student wellbeing indicators. Two schools with different socio-economic conditions were purposively identified and selected for this study. Qualitative methods were adopted to obtain data, focus group discussions and in-depth interviews were employed with students, parents and teachers. The findings indicated that the meaning of student wellbeing was covered in eight dimensions including family, physical and mental health, relationship between students and friends, characteristics of teachers, teaching methods, school environment, characteristics of students and community support.
Pornpen Somaboot and Buapun Promphakping, 2017. The Meaning of Wellbeing from the Perspectives of Individuals Involved in the Local Education System. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 12: 343-351.