The effects of high impact learning experiences on student engagement

Richard L. Miller, Robert F. Rycek, Krista Fritson

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Student engagement includes skills engagement, participation engagement, emotional engagement, and performance engagement. Handlesman et al., (2005) created a questionnaire (SCEQ) that measures these forms of engagement. The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which each form is promoted by different learning experiences. One hundred an twenty-seven students involved in (a) undergraduate research, (b) learning communities, (c) internships, or (d) service learning completed the SCEQ. The results indicated that undergraduate research and internships promoted greater student engagement. Key factors contributing to engagement included perceived career relevance, faculty/student collaboration and the focus and intensity of the learning experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2011 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Feb 3 2011Feb 7 2011


  • Academic motivation
  • Educational experiences
  • Learning outcomes
  • Service learning
  • Student engagement
  • Undergraduate research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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