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Student engagement in and through orientation


Pittaway, S and Moss, T, Student engagement in and through orientation, The student engagement handbook: Practice in higher education, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, E Dunne & D Owen (ed), Bingley, United Kingdom, pp. 275 290. ISBN 9781781904237 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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The purpose of this chapter is to explore the complexities involved in understanding and planning for student orientation and engagement within the higher education context. Key understandings of what is meant by ‘student engagement’ are explored through a conceptual framework that draws together five dimensions of engagement: personal, academic, intellectual, social, and professional.

Findings: Discussion focuses on the challenges to student engagement in higher education, including contextual/environmental factors as well as personal factors. Examples are provided of ways in which these challenges can be addressed, with a particular focus on students’ orientation and transition into the higher education context. The framework articulated in this chapter has wide potential as a foundation for the planning and delivery of activities aimed at enhancing student engagement. The examples in the chapter, drawn from our own practice, illustrate the practical outcomes of using the framework in this way.

Throughout the chapter, the context of teacher education is used as a lens through which to view the broader issues of student engagement, with specific reference to programs and practices developed within the Australian context. Therefore, the chapter has direct applicability to those involved in teacher education. However, the framework has further value in that it allows for deeper understanding of the demands that engagement makes in terms of a student’s academic, personal, social, intellectual and professional skills, knowledge, aspirations, and dispositions, and to therefore consider how such demands might be addressed for students across a range of backgrounds, within practice and policy.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:student engagement, orientation, transition, higher education, teacher education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pittaway, S (Dr Sharon Pittaway)
UTAS Author:Moss, T (Dr Tim Moss)
ID Code:87934
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-12-18
Last Modified:2018-03-19
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