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Conceptualising and measuring student engagement through the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) : a critique
journal contributionposted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by Pauline Hagel, R Carr, Marcia Devlin
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.
JournalAssessment and evaluation in higher education
Pagination475 - 486
Publication classificationC1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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