ERIC Number: EJ1187575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Enhancing Student Engagement through Effective 'Customer' Evaluation: Quis Custodiet Ipsos Consumptores?
Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, v11 n1 p57-81 Mar 2018
Most undergraduates' main, hands-on involvement in student engagement is completing satisfaction surveys, such as the U.K. National Student Survey (NSS), whose findings make significant contributions to university policy formation. It is therefore important that these surveys produce reliable and valid data, but previous and current NSS versions fail to do this. This article compares the U.K.'s model of 'satisfaction' with that of the U.S. National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Whereas the NSS treats the student as a passive consumer, the NSSE treats the student as an active participant who shares personal liability for some of the educational outcomes. The NSSE's greater use of factual rather than opinion questions, allowance for variation in types of students and student effort, and wider interpretation of 'student engagement' are seen as more fit for purpose and less influenced by the ideologies of neoliberalism and managerial control.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Undergraduate Students, College Freshmen, College Seniors, National Surveys, Student Surveys, Foreign Countries, Student Satisfaction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement