How Students Feel at School: Experiences and Reasons


  • Abdullah ÇETİN Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University
  • Mustafa GÜL Ministry of Education
  • Ahmet DOĞANAY Çukurova University



Positive emotion, negative emotion, school, happiness, student emotions


The purpose of this study is to determine the emotions students experience in the school environment and the reasons for experiencing these emotions. The research was conducted with the case study method, one of the qualitative research designs. The study group of the study consisted of 24 eighth grade students studying at a public school in the province of Kahramanmaraş in 2019-2020 academic year and 11 teachers from different branches. As a result of the research, it was determined that the students experienced positive emotions such as happiness, excitement, curiosity and wonderful. However, it is observed that students also experience negative emotions such as stress, sadness, unhappiness, boredom, anger and fatigue. It was determined that students experienced more positive emotions than negative emotions in Turkish, Mathematics and Science classes. It has been determined that he experiences negative emotions close to positive emotions in classes such as Visual Arts, Physical Education, Technology and Design. Students experience positive emotions when they are active in lessons, solve questions, communicate with their friends, and use different methods and techniques in lessons. Students experience negative emotions when teachers get angry with them, fail, insomnia, have family problems, and uncertainty.