Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceived sense of subjective well-being of highly successful online college educators: A generic qualitative study
by Gunther, Susan B., Psy.D., Capella University, 2015, 115; 3681677
Abstract (Summary)

Highly successful online educators are believed to have a perceived sense of subjective well-being in connection to the education they give to their students. The research question for this study was: what is the perceived subjective well-being for highly successful online educators? This generic qualitative research study used sampling that was purposive and a thematic probe of the data. The study included eight exceptional individuals who described their feelings of what it meant to be highly successful as online educators. A rich narrative of the experiences of the participants offers original insights that supplements a better understanding of how they associated with and taught learners. This research study acknowledged those experiences that are collective and exceptional among the participants. Conclusions from the analysis included online educators who are highly successful have a positive sense of subjective well-being in their jobs. There were four major themes found: satisfaction, creativity, motivation and appreciation. It is the goal of this research study that highly successful online educators will continue to engage and collaborate with their students and this provides the basis for both exceptional learning and teaching experiences alike.

Keywords: subjective well-being, highly successful educators, satisfaction, creativity, motivation and appreciation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Doogan, Mike
Commitee: Crawford, Theresa, Vogele-Welch, Deborah
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 76/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Higher education
Keywords: Creativity, Highly successful educators, Motivation, Online, Satisfaction, Subjective well-being
Publication Number: 3681677
ISBN: 9781321545739
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