Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The impact of a teacher training program on student engagement
by Cordova, Monica, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 60; 1472289
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of a teacher training program on student engagement. Specifically, this study examined the ability of secondary school teacher's to engage their students after participating in a training program designed to promote student engagement. The literature surrounding the construct of engagement is extensive; however, researchers have primarily examined student engagement as it pertains to school or teachers in general rather than individual teachers or classes. This study sought to provide further information on the contribution of individual teachers to student engagement.

The study found students to report significantly different levels of engagement in two of their classes, suggesting that student engagement varies by teacher. Further, teachers who received training to promote engagement were rated by their students as significantly more engaging than comparison teachers who had not received the training. Moreover, significant correlations were found between student's reported level of engagement and future aspirations. The results of this study suggest that individual teachers have the ability to positively impact student engagement and ultimately influence future outcomes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Powers, Kristin
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational psychology, Teacher education
Publication Number: 1472289
ISBN: 978-1-109-47229-5
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