The Meaning of Engaged Learning

By Anne Arendt and Jonathan H. Westover.

Published by The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning

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There must be discussion and agreement on the meaning of engaged learning in specific educational contexts for institutions implementing these practices because the potential meaning is vast. It is only in this way those directly involved in implementing, assessing and applying engaged learning can ensure they are targeting the same goals and objectives. For some, it refers to local community engagement in education, for others it is more global in scale. It can have to do with local collaboration, local community-university engagement, global viewpoints and equity in education, transformative learning, sparking the desire to learn, vigor and energy, active or applied learning, application and integration of knowledge, creation of knowledge, or involvement and ownership in decision making. This conceptual paper provides an analysis of literature on the definitions of engagement in learning to examine the similarities and differences in meaning with the intent to expand and enhance the concept of engaged learning and its employment in practice in educational contexts.

Keywords: Engagement, Engaged Learning

The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning, Volume 20, Issue 2, May 2014, pp.13-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 21, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 623.248KB)).

Dr. Anne Arendt

Instructor, Technology Management, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, USA

Anne Arendt currently holds a faculty position in the Technology Management program at Utah Valley University. She was the Web Resource Director at Utah Valley University from 2004 to 2011 and has served as adjunct instructor in several College of Technology departments including Digital Media and Information Systems and Technology as well as in the Basic Composition Department. She has a Doctorate of Education from Utah State University (EdD), an Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, a Master of Science (MS) from Walden University, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Prior to working at UVU, Anne was manager and/or director at several companies and educational institutions. Her full vitae can be found at and contains her publications.

Dr. Jonathan H. Westover

Assistant Professor, Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, USA

I am Assistant Professor of Management in the Woodbury School of Business and Director of Academic Service Learning at UVU. I am also a human resource development and performance management consultant. I am passionate about teaching, love to conduct research, enjoy working with organizations in the community, and love writing in all styles—from academic, to professional, to op-ed, to other creative writing projects. I also enjoy my involvement in various service assignments and activities, both on and off of campus.