DEVELOPING A CONCEPTUAL MODEL FOR UNDERSTANDING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ ENGAGEMENT WITH ASSESSMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION. THE IMPORTANCE OF INSTITUTIONAL PROFILES
Published: 27 Aug 2015
Abstract: This article will overview a two year long funded project into students’ engagement with assessment in higher education (HE) at two international universities. We will discuss various stages of the project and explain how they informed the methodological changes as well as the shift in focus on institutional profiles in analysing student engagement. Based on the data collected from participants in the universities in Ireland and Bahrain, we begin to develop a conceptual model that places institutional cultures in the centre of students’ engagement. In our research, clear differences emerged between the cohort in the Irish university and the participants in Bahrain due to different institutional profiles of these two universities. We are therefore beginning to build a model in which various aspects of these profiles are considered, proposing that it could be a useful framework for analysing student engagement with assessment.
Keywords: engagement, higher education, international students, institutional profiles, framework
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