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ERIC Number: ED318941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Engagement with Learning: The Student Perspective.
Damico, Sandra Bowman; And Others
This study sought to determine which classroom and school policies and practices high school students perceived as affecting their academic and social engagement with their school. In each of six high schools in Florida, administrators, counselors, teachers, and 10th and 12th grade students were interviewed. In-depth interviews were conducted with 178 adolescents: individual interviews were conducted with 101 students and small group interviews were conducted with the remaining 77 students. Individual interviewees were in the school's general track while group interviewees were primarily in the college track. Students in all schools reported positive experiences both in learning situations and with teachers and peers. For many students, however, these experiences were idiosyncratic rather than being built into the policy and practice structure of the school. The data revealed important contrasts between the policies of the high, median, and low graduation districts within the sample. In districts with the high graduation rate, affirmative policies generated a belief that students were important and adults cared whether or not they succeeded. Principals in these schools had clear mission statements and a public agenda; faculty contributions were valued. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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