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The relationship between student engagement and academic performance: An exploration of the paradox of international undergraduates


2008 2008

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Abstract (summary)

Research in higher education suggests a direct relationship between student engagement and academic performance. International students at research extensive University at Buffalo have a higher mean GPA than the national norm while conspicuously less involvement on campus. This mixed-method study investigated the possible paradox; it is an exploration of international student behavior with an eye to their possible disengagement.

The main research question asked, What is the relationship between engagement and academic performance, as measure by GPA? Approximately 300 international students were given the College Student Experiences Questionnaire (CSEQ) and asked their GPA. The CSEQ provided data on students' engagement behaviors and analysis was run to determine which types of engagement impact grades. International student responses were compared to the national norm. Five follow-up interviews were conducted to explore themes the quantitative data revealed.

International students were found to be more engaged in activities that are positively correlated to GPA, including library and computer use, reading unassigned material, hours on academic work, use of the scientific method, and experimentation. Their means are lower on personal and social engagement (including acquainting with peers, asking friends for help, and talking to counselor or staff), which are negatively related to GPA.

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Subject
Bilingual education;
Multicultural education;
School administration;
Higher education;
Academic achievement;
International;
College students
Classification
0282: Bilingual education
0282: Multicultural education
0514: School administration
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Academic performance; College student engagement; Engagement; Higher education student services; International student involvement; International student performance; International students; Undergraduates
Title
The relationship between student engagement and academic performance: An exploration of the paradox of international undergraduates
Author
Parikh, Monica
Number of pages
194
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0656
Source
DAI-A 69/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549566908
Advisor
Barba, Bill
University/institution
State University of New York at Buffalo
Department
Education, Leadership & Policy
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3307680
ProQuest document ID
220005924
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/220005924
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