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ERIC Number: EJ868548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Turning Points 2000: Lessons Learned
High, Janet; Andrews, P. Gayle
Middle School Journal (J3), v41 n2 p58-63 Nov 2009
Student engagement drives students toward success or, if absent, a lack of engagement leaves students idling or even going in reverse. All good teachers know that more learning takes place when students are actually engaged in the curriculum. Yet, teachers often get so caught up in preparing students to pass the state's standardized tests that they forget the importance and possibility of real engagement. Even though creating an engaging learning environment can at times seem overwhelming, knowing the impact teachers can have on student engagement can offer a new perspective on teaching practices and the expectations they hold for their students. This article explores the concept of student engagement. Specifically, the authors ask: "What motivates students to see what they do in school as relevant, interesting, motivating, and ultimately transformative?" They suggest that to ensure success for every student, educators must continually strive for student engagement by involving them in relevant, meaningful, and transformative learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A