Understanding and effectively managing students’ engagement in education plays a significant role in enhancing learning processes and outcomes. ACER projects are underway to develop resources and insights for understanding and enhancing student engagement in higher and vocational education.

Contemporary perspectives on student engagement define it as students’ involvement with activities and conditions that are linked with high quality learning. Current work builds on decades of empirical research, much of it longitudinal, that have identified the characteristics of effective learning. Fundamentally, engagement is based on the assumption that learning is influenced by how an individual participates in educationally purposeful activities. Interest is focused on the extent to which students participate in active learning, interactions with staff, enriching activities and collaborative work.