A path analysis of first year social science students' engagement with their degree and level one academic outcome
WALKER, CARL, FLEISCHER, STEPHANIE and Winn, S. (2008) A path analysis of first year social science students' engagement with their degree and level one academic outcome Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 1 (2). pp. 1-19. ISSN 1756-848X
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The expansion of higher education in the UK and attempts to widen participation have changed the context of undergraduate learning. This study examines student engagement with their degree. Quantitative data for 388 UK Level 1 students were used to develop a path analysis model of the relationship between Level 1 academic performance, gender, academic engagement, attendance and prior university entry points. Structural equation modelling allowed a detailed understanding of the direct and indirect effects of key variables that contribute to Level 1 learning outcomes, and findings are discussed within the context of structural changes to Level 1 student engagement imperatives with a view to improving the learning experience for all students.
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