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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Improving student engagement

Leah Taylor, Jim Parsons
Leah Taylor is an educator, researcher, and writer working for WestJet Airlines Ltd. Professor Jim Parsons is Director of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement. He is based at the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta.

The issue of student engagement has been of interest to educators for decades. Historically, attention to student engagement was seen as a way to re-engage or reclaim a minority of predominantly socio-economically disadvantaged students at risk of dropping out of high school, by encouraging achievement, positive behaviours and a sense of belonging at school. Over time, student engagement strategies were further developed and more broadly implemented as a way to manage classroom behaviour. More recently, student engagement has been built around the goal of enhancing all students' abilities to 'learn how to learn' and become lifelong learners in a knowledge-based society. This general interest in engagement for learning informs the current article. The authors review literature on the topic published over the last decade.


Subject Headings

Student engagement
Teacher-student relationships
Curriculum planning
Teaching and learning