Chapter 3 : Engagement indicators at national level
Respondents categorised by gender
Categories: Male, female, undeclared
For the purposes of StudentSurvey.ie, gender is coded as male, female, prefer not to say, or gender non-binary. Due to the relatively very low numbers in the latter two categories compared to the large number in the former two categories, they are grouped into one category named ‘Undeclared’.
As the number of respondents in this category in 2023 made up less than 1% of the total, it is inadvisable to include them in the following statistical analyses and the very small number of respondents are therefore excluded from this section of analyses. However, it remains beneficial to capture these responses in the survey to enable collation of data over multiple fieldwork periods and to inform potential future analysis.
Indicator scores for female students were higher than those for male students for Higher-Order Learning, Reflective and Integrative Learning and Learning Strategies. Indicator scores for male students were higher for Quantitative Reasoning and Student-Faculty Interaction. It should be noted that for all statistically significant differences, the effect size was small. There were no statistically significant differences for Collaborative Learning, Effective Teaching Practices, Quality of Interactions, Supportive Environment or Learning, Creative and Social Skills.