Student wellbeing will be supported or undermined by the curriculum depending on the extent to which it fosters students’ autonomous motivation, and creates opportunities for students to experience competence, autonomy, relationships and belonging. If curriculum is not designed to support these wellbeing essentials, it may inadvertently undermine students’ psychological resources, contributing to or exacerbating mental health difficulties.
Hear from OLT Fellow and national teaching award winner, Professor Rachael Field.
What do we mean by ‘curriculum’?
Elements of an academic curriculum
Why is the curriculum so important to student mental wellbeing?
How might curriculum design inadvertently undermine student mental wellbeing?
The next pages of this module consider how curriculum can be designed to actively support student wellbeing.