ERIC Number: EJ1157105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
You Can't Ignore Us: What Role Does Family Play in Student Engagement and Alienation in a Ghanaian University?
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v39 n6 p593-606 2017
Much of the existing literature on student engagement focuses on what happens within the higher education environment or what the institution has direct control over, restricting understanding of how issues outside of the institution affect engagement. This paper argues that efforts to improve student engagement should be broadened to incorporate issues relating to the family. It employed a case study design in order to develop a broad and more in-depth understanding of how family influences the amount of time and effort students invest in their learning in a large public university in Ghana. It was established that engagement is influenced by family expectation, financial and social support, as well as monitoring of students' academic performance. The unique contribution of the study is that it broadens current understandings of engagement because it adds an aspect that has not been highlighted in current work on engagement, making a case for institutions to work more with families to get a broader understanding of challenges students face in order to provide comprehensive support.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Learner Engagement, Family Influence, Expectation, Financial Support, Social Support Groups, Progress Monitoring, Academic Achievement, Case Studies, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis, Student Surveys, Family Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ghana
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