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Leach, Linda – Higher Education Research and Development, 2016
Student engagement has become increasingly important in higher education in recent years. Influenced internationally by government drivers to improve student outcomes, many countries and institutions have participated in surveys such as the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and its progeny, the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disciplines, Learner Engagement, Higher Education, College Freshmen
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Leach, Linda – Journal of Further and Higher Education, 2016
Student engagement is important to further and higher education institutions: it is understood to be a proxy for quality teaching and governments attach a proportion of funding to student retention and completion. Many institutions are taking part in student engagement surveys, using the data generated to initiate changes to policies and practice.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learner Engagement, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement
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Kahu, Ella; Stephens, Christine; Leach, Linda; Zepke, Nick – Journal of Further and Higher Education, 2015
Research into both student engagement and student emotions is increasing, with widespread agreement that both are critical determinants of student success in higher education. Less researched are the complex, reciprocal relationships between these important influences. Two theoretical frameworks inform this paper: Pekrun's taxonomy of academic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Students, Learner Engagement, Distance Education
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Leach, Linda – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2014
Changes in tertiary education policy in Aotearoa New Zealand in the last decade have impacted on adult and community education (ACE). Marginalized and understood as non-formal education at the turn of the century, ACE is now part of the "tertiary landscape". It is explicitly steered by education policy, its role severely narrowed, its…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Community Education, Educational Policy
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Leach, Linda; Zepke, Nick; Butler, Philippa – Journal of Further and Higher Education, 2014
This article is based on data from a large mixed method research project funded by the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) in Aotearoa New Zealand. The article addresses the question: how do tertiary teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand perceive their role in student engagement? Quantitative data revealed both similarities and differences…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mixed Methods Research, Learner Engagement, College Students
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Kahu, Ella R.; Stephens, Christine; Zepke, Nick; Leach, Linda – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2014
Student engagement, a student's emotional, behavioural and cognitive connection to their study, is widely recognized as important for student achievement. Influenced by a wide range of personal, structural and sociocultural factors, engagement is both unique and subjective. One important structural factor shown in past research to be a barrier for…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Learner Engagement, Universities
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Zepke, Nick; Leach, Linda; Butler, Philippa – Higher Education Research and Development, 2014
This article addresses the question: To what extent do tertiary teachers and students have similar understandings of what engages students in classroom settings? It employs data from a funded research project in Aotearoa New Zealand that draws on selected questions from two surveys. One survey asked students how important nine selected teacher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learner Engagement, College Faculty, College Students
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Zepke, Nick; Butler, Philippa; Leach, Linda – Quality in Higher Education, 2012
This article asks whether institutional research could help improve the quality of student engagement by researching at sub-institutional levels such as in courses bridging students from school into higher education. In answer it argues two interacting propositions: one, that student engagement provides useful indicators of quality in higher…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Learner Engagement, Foreign Countries, Institutional Research
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Leach, Linda – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2012
Self-assessment is promoted as an ideal form of assessment, particularly for adult learners as they need to be able to make judgements about how well they are doing something--whether it is related to learning, work or social interactions. However, there is also opposition to summative self-assessment on the grounds that students cannot validly…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Adult Students, College Students, Statistical Analysis
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Leach, Linda – Journal of Further and Higher Education, 2011
Diversity, understood in a multiplicity of ways, has been a focus of attention in education in recent years. As in many other countries, recent post-school education policies in Aotearoa/New Zealand have emphasised previously under-represented ethnic groups, such as Maori and Pasifika. The intention has been to widen participation in further and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Ethnic Groups, Ideology, Foreign Countries
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Zepke, Nick; Leach, Linda; Butler, Philippa – Studies in Higher Education, 2011
Student success, variously understood as engagement, persistence, completion, graduation and entry to employment, has become a central focus for stakeholders in higher education. Theoretical and empirical research exploring these varied conceptions has mushroomed since the 1980s. Much of this literature focuses on what and how higher education…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Influences, Success
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Leach, Linda; Zepke, Nick – Higher Education Research and Development, 2011
Student engagement in learning is a complex process influenced by many factors. This article introduces a conceptual organiser developed from a review of the literature. It captures four key perspectives--motivation and agency, transactional engagement, institutional support and active citizenship--and suggested indicators for each perspective.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Schemata (Cognition), Concept Mapping, Learner Engagement
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Zepke, Nick; Leach, Linda – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2010
Since the 1980s an extensive research literature has investigated how to improve student success in higher education focusing on student outcomes such as retention, completion and employability. A parallel research programme has focused on how students engage with their studies and what they, institutions and educators can do to enhance their…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Citizenship, Academic Achievement, Teacher Student Relationship
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Zepke, Nick; Leach, Linda – Teaching in Higher Education, 2010
This paper questions current policy discourses that equate student success with hard outcomes like retention, completion and employment. It offers another view, one that uses "soft" outcomes and student engagement literature to widen our understanding of student success. In the paper, we first draw on literature to explore student…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, Retention (Psychology)
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Zepke, Nick; Leach, Linda; Butler, Philippa – Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 2010
This paper reports on one phase of a project on student engagement in Aotearoa New Zealand. It reports the results of a survey of students enrolled for the first time in a post-compulsory education programme. The students were enrolled in one of nine institutions: two universities, one wananga, four institutes of technology, a private training…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Students, Learner Engagement, Student Surveys
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