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Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations


reviewed by Winston C. Thompson January 16, 2009

coverTitle: Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations
Author(s): Shaun R. Harper and Stephen John Quaye (Eds.)
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 0415988519, Pages: 329, Year: 2008
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To the higher education administrator/scholar of the late twentieth century, it may seem obvious that student engagement in higher education, minimally identified as “participation in educationally effective practices, both inside and outside of the classroom” (p. 2), produces worthwhile outcomes. In as early as the introductory chapter of their edited volume Student Engagement In Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations, Harper and Quay note that research literature identifies positive effects in “cognitive and intellectual development; college adjustment; moral and ethical development; practical competence and skills transferability; the accrual of social capital; and psychosocial development, productive racial and gender identity formation, and positive images of self” (p. 3). From this early presentation of gains via student engagement, it is clear that the contributing writers in Harper and Quay’s project do not serve as mere apologists for engagement; it is assumed that that case has already been closed.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 16, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15494, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 2:50:24 PM

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  • Winston Thompson
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    WINSTON C. THOMPSON, MA, EdM, is a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy and Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University as well as an adjunct Instructor at Hofstra University. His interests include access and retention in Higher Education with a focus on social and political philosophical approaches to these issues as they tie into larger social justice concerns.
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