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The development and validation of the Brief Assessment of Student Engagement (BASE)
by DiCarlo, Anne, Ed.D., California State University, Stanislaus, 2016, 174; 10247826
Abstract (Summary)

The current state of community college student engagement literature is that it is rich with journal articles and research but limited on tools with which to measure the construct of engagement. The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), a widely cited survey of community college student engagement, is one way to measure engagement, though this instrument has come under scrutiny for the validity of its benchmarks, its lack of emphasis on cultural considerations, and its length. The present study sought to create and validate a new survey of community college student engagement that would take less than 10 minutes to complete and drew on the most current body of literature on college student engagement. A second aim of this study was to understand community college student engagement by interpreting the results of the instrument created, the Brief Assessment of Student Engagement (BASE), and comparing it to other research on student engagement. The BASE was created and revised based on a literature review, rounds of interviews with students, feedback from higher education administrators and faculty, and a pilot administration. The BASE was then administered to a randomly selected group of students. Several significant, though weak to moderate, relationships were found between questions on the BASE and items from the CCSSE. Significant differences between scores based on age of participants was found, with those participants aged 30-35 scoring higher than those aged 18-24. A significant though weak relationship was also found between score on the BASE and GPA. Implications are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Poole, Dawn
Commitee: McCandless, Michael, Montero Hernandez, Virginia
School: California State University, Stanislaus
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Educational tests & measurements, Higher education
Keywords: Ccsse, Community college, Student engagement, Survey design
Publication Number: 10247826
ISBN: 978-1-369-42581-9
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