Enhancing the student experience, and in particular student engagement, has become a primary focus of Higher Education. It is in particularly sharp focus as Higher Education moves forward into the uncertain world of high student fees and a developed Higher Education market. Student engagement is a hot topic, in considering how to offer ‘value’ and a better student experience. Moreover it is receiving much attention all over the world and underpins so many other priorities such as retention, widening participation and improving student learning generally.

Understanding and Developing Student Engagement draws from a range of contributors in a wide variety of roles in Higher Education and all contributors are actively involved in the Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE) Network.

While utilising detailed case examples from UK universities, the authors also provide a critical review and distillation of the differing paradigms of Student Engagement in America, Australasia, South Africa and Europe, drawing upon key research studies and concepts from a variety of contexts.

This book uncovers the multi-dimensional nature of student engagement, utilising case examples from both student and staff perspectives, and provides conceptual clarity and strong evidence about this rather elusive notion. It provides a firm foundation from which to discuss practices and policies that might best serve to foster engagement.

chapter |22 pages

Clarifying the concept of student engagement

ByColin Bryson

part |54 pages

Students engaging

chapter |22 pages

Nottingham tales

Diverse student journeys through their undergraduate degrees
ByColin Bryson, Christine Hardy

chapter |17 pages

The listening project

Physiotherapy students' narratives of their Higher Education experiences
ByClaire Hamshire, Christopher Wibberley

chapter |13 pages

Engagement as dynamic and relational

Students' accounts and achievements over time
ByJulie Wintrup

part |82 pages

Students engaging

chapter |12 pages

Experiences of engagement

The successes and issues from a student perspective
ByRuth Furlonger, Daniel Johnson, Beth Parker

chapter |10 pages

Music to listen to while writing

Ludovico Einaudi or amazing piano music
BySusan Lund

chapter |11 pages

Autoethnographic writing and student engagement practices

A personal and critical reflection
ByZoë Sarah Baker

chapter |7 pages

People can make or break student engagement

ByEmma Chadwick

chapter |11 pages

Students as researchers

Personal reflections by students of their engagement in a research project
ByViola Borsos, Christopher Demirjian, Ji Kim, Nga Wun Mok, Oliver Worsley, Christine Hardy, Sean Prince

chapter |9 pages

Cross-cultural experiences

Exploring engagement as an international postgraduate
ByShanna Saubert

chapter |12 pages

The NTSU Outstanding Teaching Awards

Student perspectives on engagement
ByEd Foster, Jo Southwell-Sander

chapter |8 pages

The impact of co-curricular activity on student engagement

BySarah Johnson, Rebecca Murphy, Sarah Parnham

part |82 pages

Engaging students

chapter |15 pages

‘What matters in the end is to act well'

Student engagement and ethics
ByCarol Taylor, Carol Robinson

chapter |15 pages

Academic engagement

Engaging who and to what end?
BySam Elkington

chapter |12 pages

Using student engagement research to improve the first-year experience at a UK university

ByEd Foster, Michaela Borg, Sarah Lawther, Jane McNeil, Ellie Kennedy

chapter |15 pages

Engaging experienced students as academic mentors in support of the first-year experience

The Epistemic Apprenticeship Project
ByKay Sambell, Linda Graham

chapter |13 pages

Enriching the student experience

Engaging students and staff
ByAndrea Jackson, Katie Livesey