AHJO - Individual and organisatory development of Academic wellbeing

AHJO - Individual and organisatory development of Academic wellbeing

This study examines academic wellbeing in a multidisciplinary way (well-being at work, academic organisations, migration, internationalisation, multilingualism and multiculturalism, rehabilitation, health-enhancing physical activity and health technology).

Sponsor: JYPE-foundation

Research team: Taina Saarinen (Finnish Institute for Educational Research), David Hoffman (Finnish Institute for Educational Research), Minna Tervo (Digiterveys Oy), Anu Salpakoski (Peurunka), Johanna Ennser-Kananen (Department of Language and Communication studies)

The study takes a multidisciplinary approach to academic wellbeing from the perspectives of both the individual and the community. The research team consists of experts in subjects such as well-being at work, academic organisations, migration, internationalisation, multilingualism and multiculturalism, rehabilitation, health-enhancing physical activity and heath technology. The research team connects three of the strong areas of the University of Jyväskylä: languages, culture and communities in global change processes; physical activity, health and wellbeing; and learning, teaching and growth environments that support development. The research team includes researchers from the University of Jyväskylä (Finnish Institute for Educational Research and Department of Language and Communication Studies) as well as Digiterveys Oy and Peurunka.

The research design focusses on experiences of academic wellbeing, examined in relation to academic careers, the inner stratification of the academic community, organisational factors, and the communicative aspects. Both individual and organisational factors will be taken into account in the study.

In the pilot study, we will examine the various factors of wellbeing in academic work. Based on the pilot study, continuation of the project will be planned for a wider, longitudinal study on academic wellbeing. The initial survey will be conducted in two pilot units (Centre for Applied Language Studies and Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä) among the staff and postgraduate students of these faculties (N=180). In the second phase, focus groups will be chosen for further examination (one group from both units).

The pilot study will be conducted using both quantitative and qualitative methods. In the first phase, the staff and postgraduate students of both units will take part in a Wellness 360 survey. The Wellness 360 survey is used to gather information in five different areas: mind, recovery, work, exercise and nutrition. The method has comparable data from e.g. expert workers. Anonymised work wellbeing reports from the University of Jyväskylä regarding these specific faculties will be analysed in relation to the Wellness 360 –survey and previous Wellness 360 data. In phase two, chosen subject groups will participate in a survey of physical fitness in a low-threshold fitness assessment (Energy test). The fitness test consists of the following sections: blood pressure, waist measurement, mobility, muscle strength of the upper and lower limbs, and an estimation of aerobic fitness by rest measurement (Polar own index). Additionally, participants are given instructions to collect crowdsourced autoethnograhic observations from different meeting and work situations, in which various circumstances related to the progression of the workday are examined and ethnographic observation (outside observer) of different meeting and work situations is done.

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Description of Wellness 360 and energy test