The 4 Drivers of Student Engagement

The four drivers can be considered the cultural bedrock upon which an institution seeks to build an authentic ethos for student engagement. Evidencing and demonstrating this ethos across the institution is important to ensure it is recognised by all students and staff.

A culture of students as partners

Institutions aim to embed a shared meaning and recognition of student partnership as a cultural aspiration for all students and staff. Supporting students as partners creates a congenial and collaborative environment, where the opportunity to participate and influence enhances the ability of all to navigate decision-making processes and develop a sense of responsibility. Shared goals are nurtured in an environment that recognises student engagement as proactive, rather than passive. A culture of partnership supports a developmental model of citizenship, that motivates partners to engage in activities that enhance their own learning journey, as well as collective experiences.

The institution as a site of democratic citizenship

Higher education plays an important role in building and maintaining democratic culture and democratic institutions throughout society. By seeking to foster a sense of civic responsibility in students and staff, higher education meets a cornerstone of this mission. Engaged partnership between students and staff can be realised through the values of democracy, citizenship, and participation.

The institution as an inclusive learning community

Student engagement thrives in an institution that fosters a culture where all staff and students are perceived as part of a learning community, where each individual and group can contribute to the development of shared knowledge and innovations. In this sense, each member of the community has a set of unique, collective, and interconnected roles and responsibilities, and are able to contribute throughout their own higher education journey. A sustainable community of practice is one that assists everyone to make the most of that journey, helping each member to realise the potential of their expertise and ideas. Fundamentally, the community thrives when practices are nurtured for the benefit of the whole community.

A culture of institutional reflection and enhancement

For student engagement processes and partnership practices to succeed, institutions collectively champion a culture that is underpinned by constructive reflection and critique, where uncomfortable conversations are valued, and ideas willingly explored. Student and staff collaborations are successful in an atmosphere of honest and open discourse. Partners work within processes, mechanisms, and systems that are authentically able to analyse practices and cultures.

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To get your free copy of the Steps to Partnership report, just fill in your name and address and we will do the rest! GDPR notice: By providing your name and postal address through this form you are only giving NStEP permission to send Steps to Partnership in the post to you once. Your details will not be used for any other purpose. NStEP will not retain your details after postage.
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The 4 Drivers of Student Engagement

The four drivers can be considered the cultural bedrock upon which an institution seeks to build an authentic ethos for student engagement. Evidencing and demonstrating this ethos across the institution is important to ensure it is recognised by all students and staff.

A culture of students as partners

Institutions aim to embed a shared meaning and recognition of student partnership as a cultural aspiration for all students and staff. Supporting students as partners creates a congenial and collaborative environment, where the opportunity to participate and influence enhances the ability of all to navigate decision-making processes and develop a sense of responsibility. Shared goals are nurtured in an environment that recognises student engagement as proactive, rather than passive. A culture of partnership supports a developmental model of citizenship, that motivates partners to engage in activities that enhance their own learning journey, as well as collective experiences.

The institution as a site of democratic citizenship

Higher education plays an important role in building and maintaining democratic culture and democratic institutions throughout society. By seeking to foster a sense of civic responsibility in students and staff, higher education meets a cornerstone of this mission. Engaged partnership between students and staff can be realised through the values of democracy, citizenship, and participation.

The institution as an inclusive learning community

Student engagement thrives in an institution that fosters a culture where all staff and students are perceived as part of a learning community, where each individual and group can contribute to the development of shared knowledge and innovations. In this sense, each member of the community has a set of unique, collective, and interconnected roles and responsibilities, and are able to contribute throughout their own higher education journey. A sustainable community of practice is one that assists everyone to make the most of that journey, helping each member to realise the potential of their expertise and ideas. Fundamentally, the community thrives when practices are nurtured for the benefit of the whole community.

A culture of institutional reflection and enhancement

For student engagement processes and partnership practices to succeed, institutions collectively champion a culture that is underpinned by constructive reflection and critique, where uncomfortable conversations are valued, and ideas willingly explored. Student and staff collaborations are successful in an atmosphere of honest and open discourse. Partners work within processes, mechanisms, and systems that are authentically able to analyse practices and cultures.

Get Your Free Steps to Partnership Report
To get your free copy of the Steps to Partnership report, just fill in your name and address and we will do the rest! GDPR notice: By providing your name and postal address through this form you are only giving NStEP permission to send Steps to Partnership in the post to you once. Your details will not be used for any other purpose. NStEP will not retain your details after postage.
Please include your Eircode or Zipcode.
The 4 Drivers of Student Engagement

The four drivers can be considered the cultural bedrock upon which an institution seeks to build an authentic ethos for student engagement. Evidencing and demonstrating this ethos across the institution is important to ensure it is recognised by all students and staff.

A culture of students as partners

Institutions aim to embed a shared meaning and recognition of student partnership as a cultural aspiration for all students and staff. Supporting students as partners creates a congenial and collaborative environment, where the opportunity to participate and influence enhances the ability of all to navigate decision-making processes and develop a sense of responsibility. Shared goals are nurtured in an environment that recognises student engagement as proactive, rather than passive. A culture of partnership supports a developmental model of citizenship, that motivates partners to engage in activities that enhance their own learning journey, as well as collective experiences.

The institution as a site of democratic citizenship

Higher education plays an important role in building and maintaining democratic culture and democratic institutions throughout society. By seeking to foster a sense of civic responsibility in students and staff, higher education meets a cornerstone of this mission. Engaged partnership between students and staff can be realised through the values of democracy, citizenship, and participation.

The institution as an inclusive learning community

Student engagement thrives in an institution that fosters a culture where all staff and students are perceived as part of a learning community, where each individual and group can contribute to the development of shared knowledge and innovations. In this sense, each member of the community has a set of unique, collective, and interconnected roles and responsibilities, and are able to contribute throughout their own higher education journey. A sustainable community of practice is one that assists everyone to make the most of that journey, helping each member to realise the potential of their expertise and ideas. Fundamentally, the community thrives when practices are nurtured for the benefit of the whole community.

A culture of institutional reflection and enhancement

For student engagement processes and partnership practices to succeed, institutions collectively champion a culture that is underpinned by constructive reflection and critique, where uncomfortable conversations are valued, and ideas willingly explored. Student and staff collaborations are successful in an atmosphere of honest and open discourse. Partners work within processes, mechanisms, and systems that are authentically able to analyse practices and cultures.

Get Your Free Steps to Partnership Report
To get your free copy of the Steps to Partnership report, just fill in your name and address and we will do the rest! GDPR notice: By providing your name and postal address through this form you are only giving NStEP permission to send Steps to Partnership in the post to you once. Your details will not be used for any other purpose. NStEP will not retain your details after postage.
Please include your Eircode or Zipcode.