Special Resource Material Developed by the Center

Title: The Role of School and Home in Promoting Student Engagement (information & Practice Notes)

Description: With nearly one-third of all public secondary students in the United States dropping out of school each year, the focus on factors affecting student engagement and disengagement has increased (Fall & Roberts, 2012). Researchers report that higher levels of parent and teacher support are associated with higher levels of engagement and that students’ engagement declines over the school years (Fredricks, Blumenfeld, & Paris, 2004; Usher & Kober, 2012).

This brief highlights key matters surrounding the role of classrooms and homes in student engagement and disengagement. The intent is to inform practices for engaging students in formal learning and to counter practices that lead to disengagement. The emphasis is on what the literature on intrinsic motivation has to teach us (see reference lists).

Access at:   http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/engage.pdf  130kb; 8pp