Students’ Engagement for Better Learning at a Lebanese Francophone University: A Case Study

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Lina Kadi
Dalal Moukarzel
Salim Daccache

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of student-faculty interaction, supportive environment, and effective teaching practices on students’ perceived learning gains at the Faculty of Science in a francophone university in Lebanon.


Approach/Methodology/Design: This study used a mixed research method design, including semi-structured interviews with five administrators, and a student engagement survey based on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The sample consisted of one Dean, four Chairpersons, and two-hundred eighty-six undergraduate students. We conducted thematic analysis for the qualitative data obtained from interviews, and Spearman’s rank correlation analysis on the quantitative data obtained from the survey.


Findings: The interview results with the dean and chairpersons revealed that having clear communication with students about their learning outcomes, offering a supportive environment and a structured advisory system were important elements to engage them in their learning experience. Findings from the students’ survey showed that clearly explaining course objectives and giving feedback on tests or homework are essential teaching practices that enhance students’ learning gains. Responses also showed the significant influence of a supportive environment measures on students’ academic and personal development, in particular, encouraging social interaction and helping students handle their non-academic responsibilities.


Practical Implications: This study can be a reference for other Francophone universities that are not acquainted with the NSSE survey, widely used in Anglophone universities to promote student learning. It could contribute in reviewing the effectiveness of teaching practices, student-faculty interaction, or other academic and social support services.


Originality/Value: This research paves the way for further research that could include other disciplines in the selected university or include other Francophone universities in Lebanon with emphasis on interactive teaching practices that effectively engage students in the University’s life.

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Kadi, L., Moukarzel , D., & Daccache, S. (2021). Students’ Engagement for Better Learning at a Lebanese Francophone University: A Case Study. Middle Eastern Journal of Research in Education and Social Sciences, 2(1), 99-118. https://doi.org/10.47631/mejress.v2i1.195
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Author Biographies

Lina Kadi, Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Lina Nazih Kadi is an experienced administrative and research assistant at the American University of Beirut-Medical School. She co-authored several publications related to basic sciences and public health. Her interest in medical education and her passion for research led her to doctoral studies in educational sciences. With a Bachelor degree in animal biology coupled with a Teaching Diploma, she stepped into Health Sciences with a Master’s of Public Health to link educational research to sciences. Address: Saint Joseph University of Beirut- Lebanon [email: lina.kadi@net.usj.edu.lb]

Dalal Moukarzel , Associate professor and Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication at the Antonine University, Lebanon.

Dalal Michel Moukarzel (PhD) is an associate professor and Dean of the Faculty of information and communication at the Antonine University. She holds a doctorate in educational sciences from the University of Haute-Alsace in France and a Master of Arts in educational administration and policy studies from the American University of Beirut. Her research interest includes active teaching and learning, assessment related to learning outcomes, professional development, educational management and quality assurance. Address: Antonine University – Baabda, Lebanon [email: Dalal.moukarzel@ua.edu.lb ]

Salim Daccache, Professor and Rector of Saint-Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Salim Gerges Daccache (PhD) is a professor and the Rector of Saint-Joseph University of Beirut. He holds a doctorate in Philosophy from Panthéon-Sorbonne I University and a doctorate in educational sciences from the University of Strasbourg in France. He has numerous research publications in education, Syriac spirituality, moral and political philosophy, intercultural and interreligious dialogues, and Islamic-Christian relations.  Address: Saint-Joseph University of Beirut – Lebanon [email: salim.daccache@gmail.com ]