BRITE Ideas: Academic Engagement, Belonging, and Loneliness in College
The college years are prime time for the development of interests and passions that students will pursue in careers and in life. Molly S. Weeks, Research Scientist, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience will present data from two large-scale research studies with students at Duke and other institutions showing that academic engagement - defined as students' enthusiasm and passion (or "gusto") for the work they are doing in college - is linked to diverse indicators of well-being, including higher levels of belonging and lower levels of alcohol use. In addition, Weeks will share what we have learned from these studies about the factors that influence student well-being in college, with a particular emphasis on belonging and loneliness.
Course instructors, academic advisors, and other academic professionals who interact with students play a crucial role in facilitating academic engagement, and discussion will focus on how classroom practices can facilitate and undermine the development of academic engagement and student well-being more broadly.
Learning Innovation and BRITE Lab invite you to join us for BRITE Ideas, a monthly discussion group to share and develop research on teaching and learning. All meetings are located in the Rubenstein Library, Room 249, from 12:00 - 1:00pm. Light refreshments will be provided - you are welcome to bring your lunch.