ERIC Number: ED463327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies To Engage Students in Learning: Results of a Statewide Survey of Public High Schools in Washington State.
During the 2000-2001 school year, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy conducted a study of how public high schools in Washington State are responding to state education reform. One aspect of the study was the experiences of high schools with various strategies to increase student engagement in learning. This paper summarizes study findings and highlights the implications of the research for schools, policymakers, and researchers. In early 2001, researchers conducted a survey of high school principals to which they received responses from 212 schools, representing 65% of all high school students in the state. Eight high schools were selected for more detailed case studies, and interviews were conducted with 18 administrators, 185 teachers and staff, 210 students, and 60 parents and community members. Findings show that approximately one-third of Washington's high schools are actively or very actively implementing portfolios, projects, pathways, and plans simultaneously. Case study participants believe that portfolios and projects need to be integrated into students overall education in order to be effective. They report that achieving integration takes high levels of time, resources, and commitment. Educators and parents also perceive that the demand to meet state learning standards could be in competition with efforts to engage students in learning. The study suggests that intensity seems to matter in implementation, that direction and support from policymakers may be needed, and that baseline research can be valid and valuable for policy and practice. (Contains 6 endnotes and 19 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Institute for Public Policy, Olympia, WA.
Identifiers - Location: Washington