ERIC Number: EJ1069686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
Student Engagement in the Classroom: The Impact of Classroom, Teacher, and Student Factors
Dykstra Steinbrenner, Jessica R.; Watson, Linda R.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n8 p2392-2410 Aug 2015
Researchers have highlighted engagement as a critical component of effective interventions for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), yet there is limited research related to engagement in school-age children with ASD. This descriptive study was designed to examine joint engagement and its relationship with classroom factors and student characteristics. The sample included 25 elementary and middle school students with ASD. Mixed level modeling was used to examine relationships between joint engagement and classroom factors and student characteristics. Joint engagement was significantly related to group size, use of student-directed practices, autism severity, and expressive communication skills. These findings have important implications for educational policies and practices and future research related to engagement and effective interventions for students with ASD.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Learner Engagement, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Classroom Environment, Student Characteristics, Class Size, Group Instruction, Teaching Methods, Severity (of Disability), Expressive Language, Communication Skills, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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