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ERIC Number: ED536215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 110
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 223
Motivation and Engagement of Boys: Evidence-Based Teaching Practices. Main Report
Munns, Geoff; Arthur, Leonie; Downes, Toni; Gregson, Robyn; Power, Anne; Sawyer, Wayne; Singh, Michael; Thistleton-Martin, Judith; Steele, Frances
Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training
This report is the outcome of a research project carried out between December 2004 and June 2005 by the University of Western Sydney. The project was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) as a quality teacher initiative under the Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme (AGQTP). The aim of the report was to examine the motivation and engagement of boys, in particular those from Indigenous, low socioeconomic, rural and isolated backgrounds. These boys have historically been over-represented among those students who are under-achieving academically and/or experiencing social difficulties. The objective of this project is to inform teachers' professional learning, knowledge and practice, and school curriculum development in relation to the education of boys in the early and middle years of schooling. In particular, the project sets out to identify and describe evidence-based teaching practices that have proved effective in improving the motivation, engagement and academic and social outcomes of boys, particularly those boys at risk of disengaging from school-based learning activities. The case studies presented in this report provide evidence of the interrelated psychological factors and socioeconomic and cultural circumstances that affect the schooling of boys, particularly those from Indigenous, rural, regional and low-SES backgrounds. These boys are not necessarily passive in their schooling--in fact many struggle against its confines. The case study evidence points to the sensitivities, perceptions and evaluations that such boys invest, mentally and physically, in their everyday schooling. This research indicates that knowledge, not only of their behaviours, but also of their interests, aspirations and imaginings, is necessary to understand boys' motivation and engagement with school. These interdependent factors play a significant part in the confidence and competencies that these boys develop in making their schooling meaningful or otherwise. (Contains 7 tables and 2 figures.) [This paper was written with the support of Janet Fellowes, Margot Ford, Susanne Gannon, Shirley Gilbert, Bobby Harreveld, Chris Hickey, Bronwyn Hubbard, Justine Lawson, Andrew Martin, Shalmalee Palekar, and Helen Woodward. For "Motivation and Engagement of Boys: Evidence-Based Teaching Practices. Appendices," see ED536198.]
Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training. Copyright Commonwealth of Australia reproduced by permission, Available from: Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, GPO Box 9880, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia. Tel: +61-2-0036-3079; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Preschool Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia