University student and lecturer perceptions of positive emotions in learning

Anna Dluzewska Rowe*, Julie Fitness, Leigh Norma Wood

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This paper presents results of an investigation exploring the experience and functionality of positive feelings and emotions in learning and teaching. The role of emotions in learning is receiving increasing attention; however, few studies have researched how university students and academics experience and perceive positive emotions. A prototype approach to emotion measurement is used to analyse interview data of students and lecturers at an Australian university. Themes associated with five positive emotions are explored and student and lecturer views compared.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015


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