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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Abstract

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.

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:(c) The Author(s) and The Higher Education Academy, 2008
Uncontrolled Keywords:First year experience; student engagement
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
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ID Code:7314
Deposited By:Converis
Deposited On:30 Sep 2010 11:00
Last Modified:05 Apr 2013 13:44

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