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Student engagement and departure intention: an Australian university perspective

Jackling, Beverley and Natoli, Riccardo (2011) Student engagement and departure intention: an Australian university perspective. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 35 (4). pp. 561-579. ISSN 0309-877X (print), 1469-9486 (online)

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Abstract

This study addresses the departure intentions of an Australian university business student cohort that is characterised by high levels of diversity in pre-entry attributes. The study investigates the level of student engagement using the academic and social integration components of the Student Engagement Questionnaire (SEQ) based on Tinto’s model of institutional departure. The results showed that the pre-entry attributes of students such as gender and low socio-economic status, together with first year of study, were not significant in determining student engagement. There were, however, significant differences in departure intention based on student engagement, particularly in terms of interaction with administrative support services and satisfaction with the educational experience. Overall, the findings support the view that institutional efforts to engage business students in the early stages of their studies minimise the risk of departure.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID24153, ResPubID24137, departure intention, student engagement, business students, retention, tertiary education, higher education, attrition, Australia
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Economics and Finance
FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
SEO Classification > 9399 Other Education and Training
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2012 06:40
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2012 07:31
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9342
DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2011.584970
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