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Major Differences: Examining Student Engagement by Field of Study. Annual Results 2010.

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The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) documents dimensions of quality in undergraduate education and provides information and assistance to colleges, universities, and other organizations to improve student learning. Its primary activity is annually surveying college students to assess the extent to which they engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development. The selected results presented in this annual report are based on responses from more than 362,000 students attending 564 U.S. baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities who completed NSSE in spring 2010, as well as subsamples of this group who responded to three sets of experimental questions. Results are also included from the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE), with more than 8,000 entering students from 126 institutions, and the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE), with more than 19,000 faculty representing 154 institutions. This report contains a lead story, "Engagement within the Disciplines". It analyzes results from specific major fields to show how disciplinary influences and student characteristics affect student engagement. It shows that participation in high-impact practices varied by major, and further illustrate this with analyses of seniors majoring in general biology, business, English, and psychology. These four disciplines were selected because they are fairly popular yet represent a wide spectrum of academic traditions. The second story--"The Engagement of Student Veterans"--presents valuable new information about the learning experiences and time use of student veterans, including those who had combat experience. It shows that, in certain areas, student veterans are less engaged than their peers and also perceive less support from their campus environments. Finally, "Exploring New Dimensions of Learning and Engagement" presents interesting results from three sets of experimental questions--curricular peer interaction, quantitative reasoning, and student perceptions of institutional learning goals. (Contains 10 tables, 16 figures and 5 online resources.) [For the 2009 report, see ED507080.]

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Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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