Improving Student Engagement

  • Jim Parsons University of Alberta
  • Leah Taylor Westjet
Keywords: student engagement, pedagogy, research


This paper reviews research literature in the area of student engagement to discover curricular and pedagogical ideas educators might successfully use to better engage student learning. Student engagement has historically focused upon increasing achievement, positive behaviors, and a sense of belonging to help students remain in school. The authors suggest that work in student engagement has grown from a focus upon disengaged students (who are not learning) to engaged learners (who are learning) and theorize that older work attempted to reshape ârenegadeâ students into schooling, but current work revises schools to fit student needs.

Author Biographies

Jim Parsons, University of Alberta
Department of Secondary Education, Professor
Leah Taylor, Westjet
Leah Taylor is an educator, researcher, and writer who works for Westjet.
How to Cite
Parsons, J., & Taylor, L. (2011). Improving Student Engagement. Current Issues in Education, 14(1). Retrieved from