Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHSR/IRB)

PROPOSAL ID:3582
TITLE:COURSE-EMBEDDED WELLNESS ACTIVITIES AND STUDENT PERCEPTIONS OF WELLBEING
PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR:POTTS, ELIZABETH
EDUCATION
816-271-4300
EPOTTS@MISSOURIWESTERN.EDU
OTHER INVESTIGATORS:CO-INVESTIGATORS JANE BOGAN FROM WILMINGTON COLLEGE AND MELISSA JENKINS FROM UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON
IRB SUMMARY: File Created: August 20, 2021
Department Chair Action Date: August 20, 2021
Current Status: Final Status Report Received
Confidentiality Data are not linked to individuals

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

We are interested in learning more about the relationship between course activities focused on wellness and student perceptions of wellbeing.

STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

This research will investigate the relationship between course embedded activities focused on wellness and student perceptions of wellbeing. As part of the course, undergraduate students will be learning about physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and psychological development. Students will complete a Wellness Project in which they will self-monitor their stress levels and knowledge/use of strategies for mental health maintenance, physical health, study skills, and self-advocacy. Students will complete a self-assessment survey at the beginning of the course (Appendix A), engage in the Wellness Project activities (Appendix B) throughout the semester, then complete a self-assessment survey/reflection at the end of the course (Appendix C). We will be seeking student consent to use the data from the beginning and end-of-course self-assessment survey/reflection for research purposes. The Wellness Project embedded in this course will give students opportunities to explore a wide range of wellness activities and consider the impact on their own wellbeing, as well as the potential for use with K-12 learners. There is evidence that simple wellness activities, such as those described in the Wellness Project can reduce teacher and student stress levels (Cozzolino et al., 2020; Willis et al., 2021). Research questions include: • What is the relationship between course-embedded wellness activities including self-monitoring and self-regulation on student perceptions of stress and coping skills? • Does the relationship vary by demographic variables such as age, gender, responsibilities beyond coursework? • How do education majors describe the role of mental health awareness and/or education activities in their future classrooms? • Do the described roles vary by primary area of certification? This research will be conducted in collaboration with researchers at the University of Mary Washington and Wilmington College. The researchers will complete the IRB processes required by their own institutions. We propose that this research meets exempt status requirements for Research in Educational Settings. The Wellness Project, including the self-assessment/reflection, is a normal educational practice that will be implemented in an established educational setting. The project is unlikely to have an adverse impact on students’ opportunity to learn or the educators’ ability to assess student learning.

ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITS

The risks to participating in this research are minimal. Some people may experience discomfort while reflecting on their sense of wellbeing. Links to university supports will be easily accessible, and students will receive periodic reminders about these supports. There is no direct benefit to participants.

SUBJECT SELECTION

Subjects will be students enrolled in courses for preservice teachers, with one course from each university (Missouri Western, Wilmington College, and University of Mary Washington). The MWSU course is EDU 315. The approximate N for the fall semester is 80, and for the spring semester 50, for a total approximate expected N of 130.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Subjects will submit data anonymously and it includes no identifying information.

PRIMARY SUPPORTING DOCUMENT

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Final Report Submitted on 09-13-2022

Data collection ended in December 2021. Paper is in final draft and should be submitted soon.

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