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Student engagement in the middle years: a year 8 case study

Tadich, Barbara, Deed, Craig, Campbell, Chris and Prain, Vaughan 2007, Student engagement in the middle years: a year 8 case study, Issues in educational research, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 256-271.

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Title Student engagement in the middle years: a year 8 case study
Author(s) Tadich, Barbara
Deed, Craig
Campbell, Chris
Prain, VaughanORCID iD for Prain, Vaughan orcid.org/0000-0001-5832-4727
Journal name Issues in educational research
Volume number 17
Issue number 2
Start page 256
End page 271
Total pages 16
Publisher Western Australian Institute for Educational Research
Place of publication Rockingham, W.A.
Publication date 2007-12
ISSN 0313-7155
1837-6290
Summary Various explanations and solutions have been proposed over the last ten years in relation to the ongoing problem of student lack of engagement with the middle years' curriculum in Australia. Identified contributors to this problem include an irrelevant or trivial curricular focus and ineffectual teaching and learning strategies. In this paper we report on a case study of a group of Year 8 teachers' beliefs and practices about what promotes or constrains this engagement. We found that while the teachers sought to introduce less directive approaches to topics, and were trying to encourage students' sense of task ownership and direction, they struggled to develop effective student self-regulatory practices. We conclude by identifying some practical strategies that support the growth of these practices as one aspect of student engagement.
Language eng
Field of Research 13 Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30099117

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