Measuring student engagement : using 'flow' theory to guide question development

Carr, Rodney, Hagel, Pauline and Hellier, Phil 2010, Measuring student engagement : using 'flow' theory to guide question development, in HERDSA 2010 : Refereed papers from the 33rd HERDSA Annual International Conference, HERDSA, Milperra, N.S.W., pp. 167-177.

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Title Measuring student engagement : using 'flow' theory to guide question development
Author(s) Carr, Rodney
Hagel, Pauline
Hellier, Phil
Conference name Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Conference (33rd : 2010 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 6-9 July 2010
Title of proceedings HERDSA 2010 : Refereed papers from the 33rd HERDSA Annual International Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2010
Series Research and Development in Higher Education : Reshaping Higher Education v.33
Conference series Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference
Start page 167
End page 177
Total pages 11
Publisher HERDSA
Place of publication Milperra, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) student engagement
flow theory
Summary In December 2009 the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) issued a discussion paper, ‘An Indicator Framework for Higher Education Performance Funding’, with the purpose of contributing to the development of indicators for guiding ‘compact’ negotiations between Australian universities and the government. The discussion paper makes it clear that ‘student experience’ will be an important part of the indicators and discusses the possibility that the Government will develop a new
questionnaire to investigate the engagement and satisfaction of students in their first year of study. This paper contributes ideas to assist the development of such an instrument, particularly for the measurement of student engagement. We discuss problems with the predictive validity of existing instruments and argue that predictive validity may be improved by a focus on highly engaging ‘flow-type’ activities. Specifically, we
investigate flow activities in the context of online learning. Our findings suggest that some of the current questions from the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) do appear to capture flow activities. We also identify gaps in the AUSSE. Finally, we make recommendations about the inclusion of additional items that capture highly engaging, flow activities for either the AUSSE or the Government’s proposed new instrument.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 0908557809
ISSN 0155-6223
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2010
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