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Factors that influence student engagement

When students feel valued by their teachers and peers, believe their current learning is important and relevant, and have the self-belief, learning, feedback and self-regulation strategies to make progress, they are more highly motivated and engaged in learning.

Review questions

These self-review questions have been developed from the body of research within this website. They are designed to support schools to promote further discussion about the topics raised.

  • What opportunities exist for all students to engage with the wider life of the school? How can we build on those that are most successful?
  • How are a diverse range of achievements celebrated and publicised?
  • How quickly and effectively do teachers, learning support and counsellors intervene when a student is perceived at risk?
  • How are responsibilities for all students shared?
  • How are interventions systematised and evaluated in terms of their effectiveness?
  • How is student and whānau feedback shared and used in informing use of successful intervention and systems?
  • What community role models are utilised in the school setting who students can relate to?

Published on: 18 Jan 2012