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Engaging Schools: Fostering High School Students' Motivation to Learn / Edition 1

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Overview

When it comes to motivating people to learn, disadvantaged urban adolescents are usually perceived as a hard sell. Yet, in a recent MetLife survey, 89 percent of the low-income students claimed “I really want to learn” applied to them.

What is it about the school environment—pedagogy, curriculum, climate, organization—that encourages or discourages engagement in school activities? How do peers, family, and community affect adolescents’ attitudes towards learning? Engaging Schools reviews current research on what shapes adolescents’ school engagement and motivation to learn—including new findings on students’ sense of belonging—and looks at ways these can be used to reform urban high schools.

This book discusses what changes hold the greatest promise for increasing students’ motivation to learn in these schools. It looks at various approaches to reform through different methods of instruction and assessment, adjustments in school size, vocational teaching, and other key areas. Examples of innovative schools, classrooms, and out-of-school programs that have proved successful in getting high school kids excited about learning are also included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309084352
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
1 Student Engagement and Disengagement in Urban High Schools 13
2 The Nature and Conditions of Engagement 31
3 Teaching and Learning 60
4 Climate, Organization, Composition, and Size of Schools 97
5 Family, Community, and Peers 120
6 Meeting Students' Nonacademic Needs 145
7 Education Through Theme-Based Learning Communities 168
8 Comprehensive High School Reform Designs 187
9 Summary of Findings and Recommendations 211
Bibliography and References 226
Biographical Sketches of Committee Members 269
Index 275
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