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

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

by Committee on Increasing High School Students' Engagement and Motivation to Learn, National Research Council
     
 

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

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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:
12/02/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary1
1Student Engagement and Disengagement in Urban High Schools13
2The Nature and Conditions of Engagement31
3Teaching and Learning60
4Climate, Organization, Composition, and Size of Schools97
5Family, Community, and Peers120
6Meeting Students' Nonacademic Needs145
7Education Through Theme-Based Learning Communities168
8Comprehensive High School Reform Designs187
9Summary of Findings and Recommendations211
Bibliography and References226
Biographical Sketches of Committee Members269
Index275

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