Conceptualising and measuring student engagement through the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) : a critique

Hagel, Pauline, Carr, Rodney and Devlin, Marcia 2011, Conceptualising and measuring student engagement through the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) : a critique, Assessment and evaluation in higher education, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 475-486.

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Title Conceptualising and measuring student engagement through the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) : a critique
Author(s) Hagel, Pauline
Carr, Rodney
Devlin, Marcia
Journal name Assessment and evaluation in higher education
Volume number 37
Issue number 4
Start page 475
End page 486
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0260-2938
1469-297X
Keyword(s) student engagement
AUSSE
NSSE
learner engagement
time on task
post secondary education
Summary Student engagement has rapidly developed a central place in the quality agenda of Australian universities since the introduction of the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE). The AUSSE is based on one developed in the USA. The main arguments given for adopting this survey in Australia are that it provides a valid instrument for measuring engagement and that it enables international comparisons. However, the survey instrument and scales have been adopted with little scrutiny of these arguments. This paper examines these arguments by considering different perspectives of engagement, examining the importance of contextual differences and evaluating the AUSSE engagement scales in the light of both. The paper concludes that the AUSSE results should be used by universities and policy-makers with caution.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
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