This module will help your school gain insight into how engaged students are in the process of learning. Engagement occurs when one makes a psychological investment in learning by internalizing the material and incorporating it into one’s life. Students are engaged when they are involved in their work, persist despite challenges and obstacles, and take visible delight in accomplishing their work. Student engagement also refers to a student’s willingness, need, desire and compulsion to participate in, and be successful at, the learning process. “Numerous studies have linked student engagement with improved academic performance and it has repeatedly demonstrated to be a robust predictor of achievement and behavior in the schools” (Appleton, Christenson, & Furlong, 2008; Shernoff & Schmidt, 2008; as seen in Hart et al., 2011).



Sample Items

  • Today, I participated enthusiastically when my teachers tried to engage me in classroom discussion.
  • Today, I connected ideas or concepts from one class to another class while doing my assignments or participating in class discussion.
  • I was really interested in my schoolwork today in math class.
  • To what degree did students in your math class seem engaged in learning today?
  • How much did you look forward to seeing what you would do in history class today?