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

By Pauline Hagel, Rodney Carr and 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. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC

Topics: 1303 Specialist Studies In Education, 1505 Marketing, 1701 Psychology, AUSSE, Learner engagement, NSSE, Post secondary education, Student engagement, Time on task
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2012
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