Understanding the gap - to participate or not? Evaluating student engagement and active participation.

  • Katie Strudwick University of Lincoln
  • Jill Jameson University of Lincoln
  • Jan Gordon University of Lincoln
  • Kathryn Brookfield University of Lincoln
  • Candice McKane University of Lincoln
  • Georgia Pengelly University of Lincoln

Abstract

This case study discusses the student engagement project, taking place over a 6 month period between January and July 2016, within the School of Social and Political Sciences, at the University of Lincoln. This school covers five disciplines within the Social Sciences, including Criminology, Social Policy, International Relations, Politics and Sociology. The project gained internal funding from SEED (Student Engagement in Educational Development). The project worked with four students as facilitators, and three academics, as part of a collective research team, to evaluate student and staff perceptions of student engagement opportunities from the wider student cohort within the School. This ‘Student as Producer’ (SAP) project enabled a co-producing role for both students and staff (Neary, Saunders, Hagyard, & Derricott, 2014). The engagement of students was integral to the project with them being both researchers and participants. Student facilitators were involved in project dissemination, through a joint presentation at the 2016 Raise Conference and a number of internal university events. 

Author Biographies

Katie Strudwick, University of Lincoln
Senior Lecturer for Criminology, University of Lincoln. She has significant experience of conducting pedagogic research.
Jill Jameson, University of Lincoln

Jill Jameson Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Lincoln, she is particularly interested in student employability.

Jan Gordon, University of Lincoln
Jan Gordon Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Lincoln, she is interested in researching student employability. 
Kathryn Brookfield, University of Lincoln

Kathryn Brookfield a Level 3 Criminology Undergraduate and Course Representative at the University.

Candice McKane, University of Lincoln

Candice McKane an alumni, currently a post graduate student. Her interests lie within the dichotomy of student engagement.

Georgia Pengelly, University of Lincoln

Georgia Pengelly a Level 2 Sociology Undergraduate at the University.

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Published
2017-11-11
How to Cite
Strudwick, K., Jameson, J., Gordon, J., Brookfield, K., McKane, C., & Pengelly, G. (2017). Understanding the gap - to participate or not? Evaluating student engagement and active participation. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, 1(2), 81. Retrieved from https://sehej.raise-network.com/raise/article/view/strudwick
Section
Case studies/Practice Pieces