Handbook of Research on Student Engagement

  • Sandra L. Christenson
  • Amy L. Reschly
  • Cathy Wylie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. What Is Student Engagement?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Duhita Mahatmya, Brenda J. Lohman, Jennifer L. Matjasko, Amy Feldman Farb
      Pages 45-63
    3. Gary E. Bingham, Lynn Okagaki
      Pages 65-95
    4. Jeremy D. Finn, Kayla S. Zimmer
      Pages 97-131
    5. Jacquelynne Eccles, Ming-Te Wang
      Pages 133-145
  3. Engagement as Linked to Motivational Variables

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Kristin E. Voelkl
      Pages 193-218
    3. Dale H. Schunk, Carol A. Mullen
      Pages 219-235
    4. Reinhard Pekrun, Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia
      Pages 259-282
  4. Engagement and Contextual Influences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313
    2. Janine Bempechat, David J. Shernoff
      Pages 315-342
    3. Jacquelyn N. Raftery, Wendy S. Grolnick, Elizabeth S. Flamm
      Pages 343-364
    4. Jaana Juvonen, Guadalupe Espinoza, Casey Knifsend
      Pages 387-401
    5. Shui-fong Lam, Bernard P. H. Wong, Hongfei Yang, Yi Liu
      Pages 403-419
    6. Sharon L. Nichols, Heather S. Dawson
      Pages 457-477
  5. Student Engagement: Determinants and Student Outcomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 489-489
    2. Russell W. Rumberger, Susan Rotermund
      Pages 491-513
    3. Marcia H. Davis, James M. McPartland
      Pages 515-539
    4. Robert Brooks, Suzanne Brooks, Sam Goldstein
      Pages 541-562
    5. Amy-Jane Griffiths, Elena Lilles, Michael J. Furlong, Jennifer Sidhwa
      Pages 563-584
    6. John T. Guthrie, Allan Wigfield, Wei You
      Pages 601-634
    7. Christopher A. Wolters, Daniel J. Taylor
      Pages 635-651
    8. Maribeth Gettinger, Martha J. Walter
      Pages 653-673
  6. Measurement Issues, Instruments, and Approaches

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 813-840

About this book


For more than two decades, the concept of student engagement has grown from simple attention in class to a construct comprised of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral components that embody and further develop motivation for learning. Similarly, the goals of student engagement have evolved from dropout prevention to improved outcomes for lifelong learning. This robust expansion has led to numerous lines of research across disciplines and are brought together clearly and comprehensively in the Handbook of Research on Student Engagement.

The Handbook guides readers through the field’s rich history, sorts out its component constructs, and identifies knowledge gaps to be filled by future research. Grounding data in real-world learning situations, contributors analyze indicators and facilitators of student engagement, link engagement to motivation, and gauge the impact of family, peers, and teachers on engagement in elementary and secondary grades. Findings on the effectiveness of classroom interventions are discussed in detail. And because assessing engagement is still a relatively new endeavor, chapters on measurement methods and issues round out this important resource.

Topical areas addressed in the Handbook include:

  • Engagement across developmental stages.
  • Self-efficacy in the engaged learner.
  • Parental and social influences on engagement and achievement motivation.
  • The engaging nature of teaching for competency development.
  • The relationship between engagement and high-risk behavior in adolescents.
  • Comparing methods for measuring student engagement.

An essential guide to the expanding knowledge base, the Handbook of Research on Student Engagement serves as a valuable resource for researchers, scientist-practitioners, and graduate students in such varied fields as clinical child and school psychology, educational psychology, public health, teaching and teacher education, social work, and educational policy.


Ability Academics Achievement Assessment Attendance Belonging Check & Connect Classroom environment Cognitive engagement Compentencies Culture Developmental growth Dropout prevention Education reform Emotion regulation Ethnicity Families Goal-ability theory Intelligence Lifelong learning Measurement Motivation Motivation to learn Peers Performance RTI Reading Resilience Response to intervention School attachment School connectedness School consultation School engagement School indentification Self-efficacy Self-regulation Student engagement

Editors and affiliations

  • Sandra L. Christenson
    • 1
  • Amy L. Reschly
    • 2
  • Cathy Wylie
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Educational PsychologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Dept. Educational Psychology &, Instructional TechnologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  3. 3.Educational ResearchNew Zealand Council forWellingtonNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-2017-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-2018-7
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