The association between physical\ud activity, substance use, educational\ud satisfaction and academic\ud achievement in higher education

Doctoral thesis English OPEN
Raybould, Leanne M
  • Subject: GV | LB2300

Context:\ud This study explores high profile aspects of student culture and educational\ud satisfaction in a bespoke environment with a high sporting culture. It aims to add to\ud the body of literature through its unique combination of factors and their relation to\ud academic achievement in a sample from a specialist setting.\ud Purpose:\ud 1- To investigate the current levels of physical activity, alcohol consumption,\ud substance use and educational satisfaction in a sample of UK university students.\ud 2- To explore the associations of physical activity, alcohol consumption, substance\ud use and educational satisfaction with academic achievement.\ud Method:\ud Sample- 339 students in the Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care. Male 51.6%\ud Female 48.4%, mean ages 22.3 (± 6.9).\ud Data Collection- Data was collected via two questionnaires, the first covered health\ud and lifestyle behaviours, the second educational satisfaction. Academic\ud achievement was represented by module grade taken from the university system.\ud Results:\ud Many students were sedentary and physical activity levels varied greatly across the\ud sample. Reports of alcohol consumption were high but substance use low.\ud Educational satisfaction showed moderate to high levels in this sample. In order of\ud statistical significance educational satisfaction, year of study, binge drinking, time\ud spent sitting, age, and alcohol frequency were associated with module grade\ud (p≥=0.05, R2 0.088).\ud Conclusion:\ud The findings of this study both support and contradict the previous literature\ud surrounding academic achievement. There is a need for interventions on alcohol\ud consumption and physical activity in this population. Investigations of\ud expectations/importance and satisfaction should be carried out at a modular or\ud course level and comparisons made between traditional and mature students to\ud better understand factors of educational satisfaction and it's impact on academic achievement.
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