ERIC Number: EJ719193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Reference Count: 24
Measurement and Analysis of Student Engagement in University Classes where Varying Levels of PBL Methods of Instruction Are in Use
Ahlfeldt, Stephanie; Mehta, Sudhir; Sellnow, Timothy
Higher Education Research and Development, v24 n1 p5-20 Feb 2005
Students participate more in a classroom and also report a better understanding of course concepts when steps are taken to actively engage them. The Student Engagement (SE) Survey was developed and used in this study for measuring student engagement at the class level and consisted of 14 questions adapted from the original National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) survey. The adapted survey examined levels of student engagement in 56 classes at an upper mid-western university in the USA. Campus-wide faculty members participated in a program for training them in innovative teaching methods including problem-based learning (PBL). Results of this study typically showed a higher engagement in higher-level classes and also those classes with fewer students. In addition, the level of engagement was typically higher in those classrooms with more PBL.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Problem Based Learning, Time on Task, College Students, Instructional Innovation, Surveys, Student Attitudes, Physics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement