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ERIC Number: EJ820248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Student Engagement for Effective Teaching and Deep Learning
Dunleavy, Jodene; Milton, Penny
Education Canada, v48 n5 p4-8 Nov 2008
Today, all young people need to learn to "use their minds well" through deep engagement in learning that reflects skills, knowledge, and dispositions fit for their present lives as well as the ones they aspire to in the future. More than ever, their health and well being, success in the workplace, ability to construct identities and thrive in a pluralistic society, as well as their sense of agency as active citizens, depend on it. Empirical studies over the last twenty years have shaped the emergence of engagement both as a strategy for improving educational achievement and as an independently valuable outcome of schooling. It is difficult today to find a school district that has not adopted student engagement as a lever for secondary school reform, but its popularity may overshadow the fact that the concept of student engagement in the literature is characterized by a dizzying array of meanings. Most interpretations refer to a two-dimensional framework, including what are referred to as social engagement (participation in the life of the school) and academic engagement (participation in the requirements for school success). In this article, the authors propose that adding the more recent focus on intellectual engagement (serious psychological and cognitive investment in learning) to the social and academic dimensions provides a more complete framework for understanding the role that student engagement could play in both "raising the bar and closing the gap". (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada