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The Impact of Atmospheric Phenomena on South Korean Students’ Engagement at School through the Mediating Effect of the Students’ Health

DOI: 10.4236/acs.2018.83020, PP. 307-317

Keywords: Atmospheric Conditions, Yellow Dust, Monsoon, Students’ Health, Academic Engagement, South Korea

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This study examined how South Korea’s regular significant atmospheric phenomena, the yellow dust and the monsoon, affected students’ health and academic engagement at school. Five hundred middle and high school students were surveyed to figure out the atmospheric impacts on the students’ lives. The results of this study found that the severity of yellow dust and monsoon conditions experienced by the students negatively influenced their academic engagement. However, the variable of students’ concerns about their health was shown to have a mediating effect between the intensity of yellow dust and the level of academic engagement. These results indicated the need to alleviate the yellow dust and monsoon atmospheric phenomena and their effects at both the school and national levels in order to improve the academic engagement of students in South Korea.

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