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Jennings, Lovett Present Student Engagement Research in D.C.

Story posted January 22, 2010

Associate Professor of Education Nancy Jennings and Associate Professor of Psychology Suzanne Lovett presented findings of their research with the New England Consortium on Assessment and Student Learning at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., Thursday, January 21, 2010.

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Nancy Jennings (left), Suzanne Lovett

An Inside Higher Ed article posted January 22 details the presentation and the research into varying levels of student engagement.

Excerpt from the article, "Students' 'Episodic' Engagement:"

"Assessing the effect of engagement is messy — and much more complicated than we've thought it was," said Suzanne Lovett, associate professor of psychology at Bowdoin College, who presented with her Bowdoin colleague Nancy Jennings and Lee Cuba, professor of sociology at Wellesley College.
That is particularly true, they said, when it comes to the question of whether academically "engaged" students have higher grades than others — a generalized conclusion of most engagement studies, but one that's not as clear-cut as it seems.

Read the article.

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