Major Differences: Examining student engagement by field of study

Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research


The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) documents dimensions of quality in undergraduate education and provides information and assistance to colleges, universities, and other organizations to improve student learning. Its primary activity is annually surveying college students to assess the extent to which they engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development.



Common engagement markers used by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) include such activities as asking questions in class, making a class presentation, tutoring other students, talking to faculty or advisors about career plans, working with classmates both in and outside of class, and spending more than 10 hours a week preparing for class. NSSE markers are based on student behaviors that previous research has found to align with the desired outcomes of undergraduate education.

APA Citation

National Survey of Student Engagement. (2010). Major differences: Examining student engagement by field of study—Annual results 2010.

About the Study

Links to Article
Publication Type Report
In Publication National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
Type of Research Quantitative
Research Design Survey research (qualitative or quantitative)
Intervention/Areas of Study Collaborative, group, or team-based learning, Instructor-student interactions, Student motivation, Student readiness
Level of Analysis Student-level
Specific Populations Examined Undergraduates
Peer-Reviewed Unknown
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest 4-year Institution, Bachelors-granting
Specific Course or Program Characteristics Arts and humanities, Formal sciences, Natural sciences, Social sciences, STEM
Outcome Variables of Interest Learning effectiveness, Satisfaction
Student Sample Size 500 +
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