Title: The Challenge of College Readiness
APA: David Conley
Desc: Research shows a mismatch between high school preparation and college expectations. How can high schools prepare students for college success?
Title: Capturing and Directing the Motivation to Learn
Author: Stanford University Newsletter on Teaching
Title: School Engagement: Potential of the Concept, State of the Evidence
Author: Jennifer Fredricks, Phyllis C. Blumenfeld and Alison H. Paris
Desc: The concept of school engagement has attracted increasing attention as representing a possible antidote to declining academic motivation and achievement. Engagement is presumed to be malleable, responsive to contextual features, and amenable to environmental change. Researchers describe behavioral, emotional, and cognitive engagement and recommend studying engagement as a multifaceted construct. This article reviews definitions, measures, precursors, and outcomes of engagement; discusses limitations in the existing research; and suggests improvements. The authors conclude that, although much has been learned, the potential contribution of the concept of school engagement to research on student experience has yet to be realized. They call for richer characterizations of how students behave, feel, and think—research that could aid in the development of finely tuned interventions.