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Eight Myths of Student Disengagement

Creating Classrooms of Deep Learning

By: Jennifer A. Fredricks

Transform educational outcomes, build positive peer cultures, and high-quality student-teacher relationships with this must-have resource. Includes vignettes and straightforward implementation strategies from practicing classroom teachers.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452271880
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Classroom Insights from Educational Psychology
  • Year: 2014
  • Page Count: 272
  • Publication date: March 18, 2014

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Your expert resource to activate, manage, and maintain lasting student success!

Student disengagement is a huge challenge for teachers everywhere. Leading education expert Jennifer Fredricks empowers teachers to reengage students at all levels with powerful examples and clear-eyed implementation strategies that build essential 21st century learning skills. Teachers get the core facts about the causes, consequences, and solutions to disengagement and learn to confidently:

  • Identify students most at risk for disengagement
  • Implement student-centered, project-based learning practices for maximum educational outcomes
  • Work effectively with diverse groups of disengaged youth
  • Build positive peer cultures and high-quality student-teacher relationships

Straightforward how-to’s from practicing classroom teachers, extensively researched online and print resources, and assessment and observation tips help educators make real-world applications. Cultivate lasting student engagement and transform educational outcomes with this must-have resource!

Key features

  • Provides a framework for identifying students who are most at risk for disengagement, understanding the relationship between engagement and educational outcomes, and assessing levels of student engagement
  • Describes eight common misconceptions about student engagement and uses myth-busting research evidence to illuminate the individual and contextual reasons behind disengagement
  • Threads hypothetical cases of engagement and disengagement throughout the text to illustrate the causes and consequences of disengagement and the ways to improve engagement in the classroom
  • Provides strategies for working with disengaged youth, creating engaging tasks, developing a peer culture that supports learning and engagement, and developing positive student-teacher relationships
  • Includes teacher-created how-to sections with practical advice for increasing behavioral, emotional, and cognitive engagement
  • Provides extensive opportunities for self reflection, through “Stop and Reflect Questions” and “Text-to-Practice Exercises” designed to help educators connect the concepts to real life examples.
  • Includes ready-to-use templates of surveys and observational tools for assessing student engagement


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Jennifer A. Fredricks

Jennifer Fredricks is a professor of Human Development at Connecticut College where she also directs the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy. She has published over 35 journal articles and book chapters on student engagement, family socialization, adolescent development, and extracurricular participation. She is currently working on a three year grant on student engagement in math and science classrooms funded by the National Science Foundation.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author

About the Contributors


Myth 1. It's Easy to Tell Who Who Is Engaged: What Is Engagement and How Can I Assess It in My Classroom?

     Portraits of Engagement

     What Is Engagement?

     Why Assess Engagement?

     Consistency, Duration, and Variation in Engagement

     Methods for Assessing Engagement

     Chapter Summary

     Text-to-Practice Exercises

     Key Terms and Concepts

     Research-Based Resources

Myth 2. Some Students Just Don't Care: How Disengagement Is More Than Just a Lack of Student Motivation

     School Versus Out-of-School Tasks

     Teacher-Student Relations and Disengagement

     Peer Relations and Disengagement

     Chapter Summary

     Text-to-Practice Exercises

     Key Terms and Concepts

     Research-Based Resources

Myth 3. What Happens Outside of School Competes With Academics: How Out-of-School Time and Families Affect Engagement in School

     Extracurricular Activity Participation and Academic Outcomes

     Variation in Engagement Across Contexts

     Self-Determination Theory and Engagement

     Families and Engagement

     Barriers to Parent Involvement

     Chapter Summary

     Text-to-Practice Exercises

     Key Terms and Concepts

     Research-Based Resources

Myth 4. Hands-On Is Minds-On: How to Create More Engaging Classroom Tasks That Result in Deep Learning

     Designing Classroom Tasks for Engagement

     Cognitive Components of the Task

     Authentic Tasks

     Authentic Instructional Models

     Motivational and Cognitive Challenges With Authentic Instruction

     Strategies for Implementing Cognitively Complex Tasks

     Chapter Summary

     Text-to-Practice Examples

     Key Terms and Concepts

     Research-Based Resources

Myth 5. Focus on Content: Don’t Make It Personal: How Relationships Matter for Student Engagement

     Teacher Support and Student Engagement and Achievement

     Essential Characteristics of Meaningful Teacher-Student Relations

     Building Relatedness in the Classroom

     Being an Autonomy-Supportive Teacher

     Supporting Students' Need for Competence

     How Teachers Support Cognitive Engagement

     Barriers to Developing High-Quality Relationships

     Building Relationships With Difficult Students

     Connecting With Diverse Students

     Chapter Summary

     Text-to-Practice Exercises

     Key Terms and Concepts

     Research-Based Resources

Myth 6. Socializing With Peers Detracts From Student Engagement: How to Create a Peer Context That Supports Engagement

     Why Are Peer Relationships Important?


     Teachers' Beliefs and Instructional Practices

     How Do Peers Socialize Engagement?

     Cooperative Learning and Collaborative Instruction

     Key Strategies for Supporting Cooperation and Collaboration

     Creating Classroom Communities

     Chapter Summary

     Text-to-Practice Exercises

     Key Terms and Concepts

     Research-Based Resources

Myth 7. There’s Only So Much a Teacher Can Do: How to Help Those Students Still Struggling to Succeed

     Why Is It Important to Resist Disengagement?

     Risk Factors for Disengagement

     Why Is a Student Disengaged?

     Boys and Disengagement

     Academic Problems and Disengagement

     Students With a History of Behavioral Problems

     African American, Hispanic, and Low-Income Students and Disengagement

     Interventions to Increase Engagement

     Chapter Summary

     Text-to-Practice Exercises

     Key Terms and Concepts

     Research-Based Resources

Myth 8. Student Engagement Is a Student Choice: Choosing to Make the Effort and Not Waiting for Engagement to Happen