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Munirah Shaik Kadir, & Lim, A. (2022). Examining well-being, interest, school engagement, and life stressors of at-risk children. In Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2022: Transforming education & strengthening society: Conference proceedings (pp. 48-55). Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education (Singapore).
Despite extensive research on vulnerable children and youths in school (commonly known as students at-risk) little has been done to uncover the stressors, wellbeing, interests, and school engagement of these students within the primary school level (aged 7 to 12). This study examined different domains across these constructs to develop a profile of at-risk primary school students. A total of 343 at-risk and non-at-risk students aged 10 to 12 years old were recruited from a Singapore primary school to complete online survey questionnaires. Quantitative results showed lower levels of emotional wellbeing and physical health, as well as higher levels of frustration in several constructs of psychological needs and school engagement in the at-risk group. Interestingly, these students reported better social wellbeing, especially in teacher relationships. These
findings can be triangulated alongside responses in the structured interviews to create a profile that can guide the design and development of suitable at-risk programs to help the struggling at-risk students.
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