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

journal contribution
posted 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.

History

Journal

Assessment and evaluation in higher education

Volume

37

Issue

4

Pagination

475 - 486

Publisher

Routledge

Location

London, England

ISSN

0260-2938

eISSN

1469-297X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Taylor & Francis