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Engagement Theory: The Road Ahead

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Melissa Comer

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Transcript of Engagement Theory: The Road Ahead

Engagement Theory: The Road Ahead
Theory Description & Theorists
Theorists: Greg Kearsley & Ben Shneiderman
Theory Description:
Emerged from theorists' experiences teaching
Shares characteristics of the constructivist approaches and social learning theories
Posits 3 primary means to accomplish student engagement:
emphasis on collaborative efforts
project-based assignments
non-academic focus
Suggests that these 3 methods result in learning that is creative, meaningful, and authentic.

Basic Principles
Students must be engaged in meaningful learning activities through interaction with others and worthwhile tasks.
Student activities involve active cognitive processes such as creating, problem-solving, reasoning, decision-making, and evaluation.
Theory centers on creating collaborative teams that work on projects that are meaningful to someone outside the classroom.
Activities for collaborative team projects include the following 3 components:
they occur in a group context (collaborative teams)
they are project-based (PBL)
they have an outside focus (authentic in nature)
Principles Defined
Principle 1: Relate
emphasizes team efforts that involve communication, planning, management, and social skills
increases students' motivation to learn
facilitates an understanding of diversity and multiple perspectives due to the team work component
Principle 2: Create
makes learning a creative, purposeful activity
defines a project and focuses efforts on application
maintains a sense of control over learning, characteristic of PBLs
Principle 3: Donate
stresses the value of making useful contributions to outside while learning
centers on creating projects that benefit outside "customers"
increases motivation & satisfaction due to the authentic learning context
Collaboration can be as simple as a short in-class exercise involving pairs of students or as elaborate a year-long project involving teams
Collaboration is a form of pedagogy that applies to any learning domain
Collaboration can be accomplished through face-to-face meetings or technology-inspired tools
Collaboration requires guidance from the teacher
Project-oriented Learning & Authentic Focus
Difficult aspects of project-oriented learning are:
the initial identification of the project
the formulation of teams
Important considerations for ensuring authentic focus are:
ensure projects are appropriate for the subject matter involved
check that project is feasible within time frame
Learning takes place in an authentic context which allows students to learn skills and knowledge with higher transfer to work settings
Learning promotes the skills associated with team work, a crucial part of work settings
Learning and engagement are facilitated through technology
*Info based "Engagement Theory: A Framework for Technology-Based Teaching and Learning," by Greg Kearsley & Ben Shneiderman.

Found online at http://home.sprynet.com/~gkearsley/engage.htm
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