Part III Commentary: Socio-Cultural Contexts, Social Competence, and Engagement at School

  • Kathryn Wentzel


A highly regarded motivation researcher, Kathryn Wentzel, shared her perspectives in a commentary on the chapters in Part III. Wentzel explored questions relating to student competence including its definition, relation to engagement, and the role of support from important contexts (home, school, peers, and community) in fostering competence and engagement. The chapter concludes with directions for future research.


Social Competence Academic Outcome Autonomy Support Academic Engagement Competence Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Quantitative MethodologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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