SHAPING EMOTIONS THROUGH EDUCATION IN SELANGOR, MALAYSIA
Corresponding Author(s) : Astri Yulia
Humanities & Social Sciences Reviews,
Vol. 8 No. 3 (2020): May
Purpose of the study: The purpose of this study is to determine the role of education in shaping the well-being of the people in Selangor, Malaysia. Specifically, we traced the linkages between education and three well-being attributes: economic, health, and emotion.
Methodology: To collect the data, this study distributed a survey questionnaire to 1304 people in 12 municipalities of Selangor, Malaysia. The questionnaire recorded information about the people’s agreement on a variety of statements related to well-being and education. Besides, demographic information was also collected for demographic profile analysis. To analyze the data, we utilized the SmartPLS3 to test the SEM-PLS model.
Main Findings: The SEM-PLS results revealed education significantly linked with emotions. The main aspect of education responsible for shaping emotion is access to good education providers in their area. We traced the number of books at home that were positively associated with their emotions. To our surprise, the results showed no significant effect of education on the economic and health among Selangorians.
Applications of this study: This study is relevant for the Malaysian society, especially the Selangorians. Specifically, this study contributes to education policymaking on ensuring people’s access to quality education which can enhance their quality of life. More attention should be given to education as this study has documented that education shapes one’s emotion. Having a stable emotion will indirectly lead to better citizens.
Novelty/Originality of this study: Though contradicting established research, this finding is reflective of the behavior and trends of the current generation. Today, people do not rely on formal education to strive for success. A healthier lifestyle could also be a product of the health-aware community more than the result of education. However, living with a good economy and health could be meaningless if our emotional state is not good. Therefore, this study concludes that to have a happier community, authorities need to ensure a good education system is available to serve and educate the people and their children.
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