Student Engagement in School Life & Learning

NCFHE is conducting a research on student engagement among former students of Sixth Forms and MCAST​ Introductory and Foundation years. The project seeks to identify the reasons for students being engaged or disengaged in their learning. This information is important to improve Further Education in Malta and encourage more young people to continue their education.

The research focuses on former students, who completed or dropped out of Sixth Form or MCAST Introductory and Foundation years during the academic year 2012/2013 or 2013/2014. This focus was chosen to identify whether or not they continued their studies and to what extent their engagement in school may have influenced their decision. Besides that, it also addresses teachers and the administrative staff of these institutions to better understand how they perceive and support student engagement.

The research is based both on data collected through online surveys from former students, teachers and administrative staff and on in-depth interviews with these three groups. The interviews allow the NCFHE to get a more complete and rich perspective of the experiences, forms and conditions for student engagement.

The data collection for this project commended in April 2015 and will close in August 2015 with findings expected to be published in 2016.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​