Instructional interventions that support student engagement: An international perspective

Nicolás Pino-James, David J. Shernoff, Denise M. Bressler, Sue C. Larson, Suparna Sinha

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Internationally, a significant number of secondary school students present signs of disengagement in the classroom, having consequences for learning, achievement, and school completion. The instructional environment is a powerful vehicle to stimulate student engagement in the classroom. It can mitigate more distal bioecological influences such as gender, age, socioeconomic status, and cultural background. In this chapter, we discuss the key characteristics of instructional environments that support behavioral, emotional, and cognitive student engagement. These characteristics include meaningful classwork, the development of student competence, the support of student agency, the promotion of positive peer relationships, and the establishment of positive teacher-student relationships. We then conduct an international literature review identifying studies of interventions influencing student engagement, and profile selected intervention studies in more depth. The chapter concludes by discussing questions that emerge from our review and suggesting directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Student Engagement Interventions
Subtitle of host publicationWorking with Disengaged Students
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780128134139
ISBN (Print)9780128134146
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


  • Engaging students
  • International
  • Intervention
  • Literature review
  • Student disengagement
  • Student engagement
  • Student motivation


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