Angelina Wilson Fadiji: Student Wellbeing in the Context of Violence

Srdečne Vás pozývame na ústavný seminár s názvom Student Wellbeing in the Context of Violence: A Qualitative Study of the 2015/16 South African Student Movement and its Aftermath, na ktorom privítame zahraničnú hostku. Angelina Wilson Fadiji predstaví výsledky štúdie skúmajúcej zdroje, ktoré podporovali psychický wellbeing študentov v súvislosti s ich skúsenostiach s násilím na akademickej pôde.

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Student Wellbeing in the Context of Violence: A Qualitative Study of the 2015/16 South African Student Movement and its Aftermath

Angelina Wilson Fadiji, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Pondelok 14.11. 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 CET, online

Violent student movements in South African higher education spaces have become a continuous occurrence; however, how student wellbeing might manifest, how it is experienced and what resources students can draw upon when finding themselves at the centre of violence on campus are issues that require further exploration. The aim of this research is to increase our understanding of students‘ experiences of wellbeing during the 2015/16 South African student movement and the resources that fostered psychological wellbeing during and in the aftermath of their experience of violence on campus. Using a photovoice methodology across four universities in South Africa, a sample of (N =27; females = 10) were purposively selected. Student psychological functioning in the midst of adverse circumstances is demonstrated in their ability to make meaning through knowledge spaces, experience inner harmony, have a sense of purpose, and protect symbolic spaces of hope. It is also shown in their courage to challenge spaces of oppression. This study suggests that the co-production of social spaces for functioning occurs through an important psychological process of meaning making that provides direction for student movement activities. Given our findings, it is necessary for student affairs and counselling services to ensure that during and in the aftermath of violent experiences, students continually feel safe, wanted, connected, hopeful and able to make sense of the evolving higher education space.