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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; 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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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 – 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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Zepke, Nick; Isaacs, Peter; Leach, Linda – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2009
In this paper we explore whether power issues enhance and/or inhibit retention of foundation-learners in vocational education in Aotearoa New Zealand. After surveying reasons given for early departure in the retention literature, the paper offers Foucault's notion of governmentality as another possible factor in early departure. The paper explores…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Power Structure, School Holding Power
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Zepke, Nick; Leach, Linda – Teaching in Higher Education, 2007
The research literature on student retention is voluminous and longstanding. However, a unified theory of retention remains elusive; instead a variety of explanations and approaches have been developed. This article uses two discourses, "integration" and "adaptation," to make sense of the findings from a survey of teachers who…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
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Zepke, Nick; Leach, Linda; Prebble, Tom – Studies in Higher Education, 2006
The research literature on how to retain students until they graduate in post-compulsory education is voluminous and long-standing. However, a unified theory of retention remains elusive. Instead a variety of explanations and approaches has been developed. This article uses one theoretical construct to make sense of the findings of a survey of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Centered Curriculum, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence