November 2007


Elizabeth Ackerman

Primary Subject Area

Education, Curriculum and Instruction


engagement, CLASSE, university student, nursing student, academic performance


Academia is struggling to meet an increasing nursing shortage with limited resources; therefore, student success is paramount in any university nursing program. Research data suggests one major reason for increased attrition rates is course failure. Research also reveals that college students often feel disengaged in the classroom. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between classroom engagement activities and the academic performance of professional nursing students. Is there a relationship between nursing student classroom engagement activities and academic performance? The Classroom Survey of Student Engagement (CLASSE) was administered to 317 university nursing students enrolled in seven different courses. Classroom engagement activities were represented by CLASSE participant responses and numeric grades earned in the course represented academic performance. Using correlational research design, the student engagement responses were compared to the numeric grades earned in their respective nursing courses. The resulting data were organized, analyzed, and reported using the data from all seven courses. The data were also analyzed individually and collectively. Data analysis revealed significant relationships between specific engagement practices and the grades earned in the course.