Attracting, Engaging and Retaining: New Conversations About Learning is a new report from the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement, Australian Council for Educational Research, looking at the experience of university students. “Australian and New Zealand tertiary students are less engaged with their universities than their North American counterparts, according to this report. More than 9000 students from 25 Australian and New Zealand universities participated in the survey in 2007.
“Results reveal that, on average, Australian and New Zealand students find their study slightly less academically challenging than students in the US. They report lower levels of contact with teaching staff and are less likely to have participated in activities described as ‘enriching educational experiences.’ For instance, while 53 per cent of later-year US students had participated in a practicum, internship, fieldwork or clinical placement, only 28 per cent of Australasian students had taken part in such an experience.” [Text: Australian Policy Online) Click here to access the full “Attracting, Engaging and Retaining” report.