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Research Companion to Organizational Health Psychology

Edited by Alexander-Stamatios G. Antoniou and Cary L. Cooper

This timely Research Companion is essential reading to advance the understanding of healthy behaviours within working environments and to identify problems which can be the cause of illness. Containing both theoretical and empirical contributions written by distinguished academics working in Europe, North America and Australia, the book covers leading edge topics ranging from current theories of stress, stress management, and stress in specific occupational groups, such as doctors and teachers, to the relationship of stress with well-being. It provides systematic approaches towards practical actions and stress interventions in working environments and a solid theoretical framework for future research. It will be an essential companion to research on psychology and medicine as well as stress.
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Chapter 17: Study and Student Counselling in Higher Education: An Incentive Towards a Practice-Relevant Vision

Eric Depreeuw


Eric Depreeuw Quality: an economic as well as a human reality The fact that there have been and still are going on some drastic structural and functional changes in European higher education has been discussed and analysed sufficiently elsewhere. One policy aspect was (and still is) aimed at increasing the scale of the institutions. Another point on the agenda is to promote transparancy and flexibility in higher education, concretized in the so-called ‘declaration of Bologna’. It would not be exaggerated to claim that this has had its effect, comparable to a myriad of ‘explosions’ in what used to be calm waters. The intermittent shocks have not left anything unaffected, setting everything in motion, including the familiar boundaries and structures. These commotions and profound changes require an adaptation process but at the same time they provoke resistance and put, at least temporarily, most of those involved under uncomfortable pressure. Parallel to these structural changes, another basic evolution can be felt, the societal position of the educational institutions. Fast and thorough changes characterize the world in the new millennium. Each society must, if it does not want to be pushed aside, become ‘constantly learning’. The result is the call, even the demand, for schools to abandon their ‘educational’ approach and reform themselves towards ‘learning’ organizations (Boekaerts, 1999). School culture has been shaken by the (non-academic) economic approach which does not limit itself to a more stringent financial responsibility, but also concerns the field of education as such and, in...

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