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The association between academic engagement and achievement in health sciences students

Maria J Casuso-Holgado1, Antonio I Cuesta-Vargas12*, Noelia Moreno-Morales1, Maria T Labajos-Manzanares1, Francisco J Barón-López2 and Manuel Vega-Cuesta2

Author Affiliations

1 Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain

2 School of Clinical Sciences of the Faculty of Health at the Queensland University Technology, Brisbane, Australia

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BMC Medical Education 2013, 13:33  doi:10.1186/1472-6920-13-33

Published: 27 February 2013



Educational institutions play an important role in encouraging student engagement, being necessary to know how engaged are students at university and if this factor is involved in student success point and followed.

To explore the association between academic engagement and achievement.


Cross-sectional study. The sample consisted of 304 students of Health Sciences. They were asked to fill out an on-line questionnaire. Academic achievements were calculated using three types of measurement.


Positive correlations were found in all cases. Grade point average was the academic rate most strongly associated with engagement dimensions and this association is different for male and female students. The independent variables could explain between 18.9 and 23.9% of the variance (p < 0.05) in the population of university students being analyzed.


Engagement has been shown to be one of the many factors, which are positively involved, in the academic achievements of college students.

Academic achievement; Academic engagement; Health sciences students; University education; Cross sectional study