Shelley ponders the concept of student engagement as part of her PhD dissertation.
Whenever I hear talk of student engagement I wonder what the problem is. I doubt that it’s the students, their role possibly — but not them personally. I don’t buy into the idea that most of our students are lazy or incompetent. Instead, I think they’re bored. Every student I’ve taught could learn, just often not the same thing, or in the same way. And when I’ve asked my students about it, I’ve always found they love to learn; they just don’t like school.
The research around student engagement has changed over the past 40 years. During the 1970’s, student engagement research largely dealt with a marginal population that was disengaged from school and at risk of dropping out. Jump ahead 40 years. While this problem still exists, student engagement research deals with a sizable population of students. In fact, the majority of our students aren’t engaged in their day to day learning. Depending on the survey, anywhere…
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