Understanding and Promoting Student Engagement in University Learning Communities

The word 'engagement' has been used to describe a myriad of student behaviours and attitudes which are deemed essential to a high quality undergraduate learning experience. But have we stretched 'engagement' as far as it should go, or are we simply using old paradigms to interpret changing student experiences in a new millennium? This paper uses national student experience data to challenge some of the current thinking about engagement - what it is and how we best foster it. Drawing on empirical evidence, the paper concludes by identifying strategies for understanding, monitoring and promoting learning community engagement within and beyond the classroom.

Author: Kerri-Lee Krause

Published: 2005

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Teaching in practice

Teaching in practice