April 11, 2012
This afternoon, Sarah Driessens successfully defended her MA thesis, Student Disengagement: An Assessment of Sociological and Psychological Factors. In her research she investigated a variety of sociological and psychological factors that appear to be related to academic disengagement among undergraduate students using an empirical study of full-time university students. She found that faculty, academic challenge, preparing for class, working hard, informational and diffuse/avoidant identity styles were unique predictors in student disengagement. Her thesis makes recommendations for applying these findings to address student disengagement. Read her thesis in the CPAH library in Sociology or by request from Western libraries.