About this book
This book focuses on undergraduate student engagement in China and the UK. It offers an innovative perspective on this aspect, which, although pervasive, is not always acknowledged by its users to be complex and multidimensional in nature, firmly rooted in cultural, social and disciplinary norms, and difficult to measure.
Competition within the global higher education market has become increasingly intense amongst universities; and the higher education sector in China, currently the largest source of international students, is beginning to compete strongly for its home market. Against this consumerist background, student engagement, with its close relation to positive learning outcomes, is increasingly receiving attention from higher education managers and researchers who seek to improve the quality of their ‘products’.
The research study on which the book is based draws on three courses, two in China and one in the UK. It offers a binary perspective across two very different cultures (Western and Confucian) and two very different subject areas (Chinese language and mathematics). The study employs a mixed-methods design and develops a conceptual framework derived from statistical and thematic analysis. An original theoretical lens, combining a bioecological perspective (Bronfenbrenner) and a sociocultural one (Holland et al.’s Figured Worlds), adds further interpretive power to help understand the construct of student engagement.
Undergraduate student engagement Cross-disciplinary comparison Chinese higher education Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological model Figured Worlds Student engagement in UK
- Book Title Undergraduate Student Engagement
- Book Subtitle Theory and Practice in China and the UK
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1721-7
- Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
- Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
- eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-1720-0
- Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-4668-2
- eBook ISBN 978-981-13-1721-7
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages X, 171
- Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
International and Comparative Education
Sociology of Education
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