The Academic Boredom Survey Instrument (ABSI): a measure of trait, state and other characteristic attributes for the exploratory study of student engagement

Sharp, John G., Zhu, Xiaotong, Matos, Mayara and Sharp, Jane C. (2021) The Academic Boredom Survey Instrument (ABSI): a measure of trait, state and other characteristic attributes for the exploratory study of student engagement. Journal of Further and Higher Education . pp. 1-28. ISSN 0309-877X

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2021.1947998

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Abstract

In this article, we present details of a new Academic Boredom Survey
Instrument (ABSI) incorporating different measures of academic boredom’s
trait, state and other characteristic attributes for the exploratory
study of student engagement in Higher Education (HE). Developed from
a review of international research literature and our own empirical work in
the field, validation of the ABSI proceeded in detail from a sample of 408
undergraduates enrolled on 16 arts, humanities and science degree programmes
at two universities and two further education colleges in the UK.
In terms of the ABSI’s embedded trait and state questionnaires alone,
Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis resulted in the establishment
of three scales, with associated subscales, for general use (boredom
proneness and class- and study-related boredom). Together with other
characteristic attributes (e.g. sites and triggers, boredom frequency, feelings,
coping strategies and revision and assignment boredom), additional
data obtained from a modified version of the Shortened Experiences of
Teaching and Learning Questionnaire (SETLQ) and course grades from
student records, correlation and cluster analysis contributed further in
terms of determining the robustness and value of the ABSI as an exploratory
tool, as well as highlighting the predictive and diagnostic potential
afforded when using complementary research instruments in combination.
Offering availability for interdisciplinary use and critical comment
across the UK HE sector as a whole, the ABSI has particular relevance in
terms of designing and delivering courses, the professional development
of staff, student profiling and the provision of student support.

Keywords:Academic boredom, Student engagement, Factor analysis, Cluster analysis, Correlation analysis
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
ID Code:45990
Deposited On:09 Aug 2021 11:44

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