What did you do in school today? Transforming Classrooms Through Social, Academic and Intellectual Engagement - First National Report (2009)

This document is part of an initiative, launched in 2007, to identify ways to enhance learning experiences for adolescents in schools and classrooms.

The authors propose a broad framework of student engagement as the foundation for improving the quality of teaching and learning in ways that will most directly benefit adolescent learners. In addition to the established ideas of social and academic engagement, the research looks at the newer concept of intellectual engagement.

This report includes a variety of research tools, including a survey of thousands of students across Canada, to answer four research questions: are Canadian youth engaged at school; how much does family background matter; do schools make a difference; and does instructional challenge make a difference? Instructional challenge is a measure developed specifically for this study and is based on a concept called flow, a state in which there is a balance between the challenge inherent in the task at hand, and the skills required to accomplish it.

Results indicate that levels of intellectual engagement are considerably lower than social and academic engagement; relationships among the three dimensions of engagement are weak at the student level and stronger at the school level; levels of engagement are related to students' socio-economic structure and family structure, but much stronger effects are noted from the school and classroom-learning climates in schools; and less than one-half of Canadian middle and secondary school students experience flow in learning mathematics and language arts.

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2013-05-27
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J. Douglas Willms, Sharon Friesen and Penny Milton. What did you do in school today? Transforming Classrooms Through Social, Academic and Intellectual Engagement - First National Report 2009. Web. 2 Dec. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/2009_national_report/2009_national_report.pdf>
J. Douglas Willms, Sharon Friesen & Penny Milton (2009). What did you do in school today? Transforming Classrooms Through Social, Academic and Intellectual Engagement - First National Report. Retrieved December 2, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/2009_national_report/2009_national_report.pdf
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