The Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE)

Study Number (SN): 0030-00

 

The Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE), 2014

The Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE), 2015

The Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE), 2016

The Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE), 2017

ABOUT THE STUDY

The central aim of Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) is to develop a valuable source of information about students’ experiences of higher education in Ireland. The results of the survey are intended primarily to add value at institutional level, and to inform national policy. A detailed online survey was offered to first year undergraduates, final year undergraduates and postgraduate students on taught programmes. Data are presented as responses to individual items and as calculated scores for eleven indices that relate to broad aspects of student engagement, such as Collaborative Learning and Higher Order Learning. The ISSE has formative links with the US National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE). Thus, Irish data can be evaluated in the context of other jurisdictions in addition to the national or sector contexts. Note that a there was a substantial revision of questions deployed in 2016 which limits the extent to which 2016 data may be compared to data from previous years.

Student engagement may be defined as students’ involvement in activities and environments that are likely to generate high-quality learning. Students are ultimately responsible for their own learning but this depends on institutions and staff creating an environment that encourages and promotes student involvement in educationally-relevant activities. Student engagement with higher education is seen as being enhanced through exposing students to a high quality learning environment. Measuring engagement can provide a means to develop a fuller understanding of the student experience above and beyond that ascertained through surveys of student satisfaction alone.

More than 29,000 students from thirty institutions responded to the 2016 survey which was undertaken in February – March 2016. A substantial revision of question items was undertaken in advance of annual fieldwork in 2016.

Main Topics:

  • Higher Education
  • Student Behaviour
  • Student Engagement
  • Student Participation
  • Students (College)

 

DATA AND DOCUMENTATION: FILES’ DESCRIPTION

See individual waves for details

 

ACCESS INFORMATION

Accessing the data

To access the data, please complete a request form for research purposes, sign it, and send it to ISSDA by email.

Data will be disseminated on receipt of a fully completed, signed form. Incomplete or unsigned forms will be returned to the data requester for completion.

Copyright

The dataset is generated from a national collaborative partnership of the Higher Education Authority, participating higher education institutions and the Union of Students in Ireland.

Acknowledgements

Any work based in whole or part on resources provided by the ISSDA, should  acknowledge: “Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE)" and also ISSDA, in the following way: “Accessed via the Irish Social Science Data Archive - www.ucd.ie/issda”.

Citation requirement

The data and its creators shall be cited in all publications and presentations for which the data have been used. The bibliographic citation may be in the form suggested by the archive or in the form required by the publication.

See individual waves for details.

Notification

The user shall notify the Irish Social Science Data Archive of all publications where she or he has used the data.

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