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Measuring cognitive and psychological engagement in middle school students


2008 2008

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between cognitive and psychological engagement and math and reading achievement in middle school students. A secondary purpose was to investigate the relationship between cognitive engagement and math and reading achievement based on gender, grade level, and free and reduced lunch status.

A self-report survey instrument called the Student Engagement Instrument (SEI) was administered by the Sioux Falls School District 49-5 to 729 middle school students. The data for math and reading achievement were taken from the South Dakota Test of Educational Progress for Mathematics (DSTEP Math) and Reading (DSTEP Reading) that was administered to all sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students.

Information from the survey was extracted using inferential statistical analyses, including the Pearson product-moment correlation, t test, and the one-way ANOVA to analyze the strength and direction of the relationships identified in the research questions.

Findings from the study indicated that there was a significant relationship found between cognitive and psychological engagement and reading and math achievement. Cognitive engagement dropped significantly between grades six and eight, but no differences in cognitive engagement were found between grades six and seven or between grades seven and eight. Psychological engagement dropped significantly between grades six and seven and between grades six and eight, but not between grades seven and eight. Females showed significant positive correlation between cognitive and psychological engagement and math and reading achievement. Males did not show a significant correlation between cognitive and psychological engagement and math achievement and reading achievement. No significant correlations were found between cognitive and psychological engagement and math and reading achievement based on free or reduced lunch status.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration;
Educational psychology;
Cognitive psychology;
Middle school students
Classification
0514: School administration
0525: Educational psychology
Identifier / keyword
Education; Cognitive engagement; Middle school achievement; Psychological engagement; Student achievement; Student engagement
Title
Measuring cognitive and psychological engagement in middle school students
Author
Leonard, Sandra Huber
Number of pages
76
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0203
Source
DAI-A 70/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109069785
Advisor
Baron, Mark
University/institution
University of South Dakota
University location
United States -- South Dakota
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3351184
ProQuest document ID
304464018
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304464018
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