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This briefing was prepared by Dr Hamish Coates. Valuable input was provided by Drs Ling Tan and Daniel Edwards, and Ms Ali Radloff.


The quality of education is a product of what students do, and how teachers, support professionals and institutions support good educational practice. This means that measuring students’ participation in good educational practices and measuring how institutions support such participation goes to the heart of educational quality. An important link in this line of reasoning is that the instruments used for measurement provide valid, reliable and efficient measurement. This is essential, for otherwise insights into how students engage in education will be biased or diffuse and wrong decisions may be made that have serious implications for policy and practice. To that end, this briefing provides an overview of the psychometric properties of the Student Engagement Questionnaire (SEQ). The SEQ is administered as part of the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE) (ACER, 2011), and in a range of other applied and scholarly research studies. Since 2006, the SEQ has been deployed to over 600,000 students at all but one Australasian universities and in a growing number of other higher education providers. Over 200,000 people have completed the inventory.