Belonging: A Critical Influence on Student Engagement and Well-being in the First Year

Student engagement – the student’s emotional, behavioural, and cognitive connection to their study – is widely recognised as an important influence on student learning, retention, and success in higher education. But engagement is often poorly defined and poorly understood. This presentation presents a conceptual framework of student engagement that clarifies the distinction between the state of engagement, factors that influence student engagement, and the immediate and longer-term consequences of engagement. Drawing on cultural theory, the framework argues that engagement occurs in an educational interface – a psychosocial space, formed by the complex interaction of student and institutional factors, within which the student experiences university. In addition, four critical pathways to engagement are identified: self-efficacy, belonging, emotions, and wellbeing. In particular the framework offers new ways of understanding the experiences of non-traditional students. Engagement matters at all levels but never more than in the first year when student dropout rates are high. Elements of the framework will be explored and illustrated using data from a qualitative study which followed 19 young school leavers through their first year at an Australian university. This more nuanced and in-depth understanding of engagement, and of what engages (and disengages) students, will enable both academic and professional staff to better support students in the transition to university.”

LHERI Lunchtime Seminar Series: Sam Whewall

At this event, hosted by Sam Whewall, PhD Student based within the Department of Education of the University of Bath, he will present a seminar titled: ‘Using a new visual participatory method to understand the social and spatial factors underpinning student (im)mobilities: Insights from northern England and Singapore’.

LHERI Newsletter: Jan – Feb 2019

Click here to view the Jan – Feb 2018 LHERI Newsletter. Highlights include: 1st birthday edition of the IMPact e journal Upcoming conferences including the BERA conference and the 7th International Summer School on Higher Education Research The first of the 2019 Seminar Series with Sam Whewall Updates on the LHERA Research Awards Spotlight on […]