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Five Paths of Student Engagement

Blazing the Trail to Learning and Success

By: Dennis Shirley, Andy Hargreaves

This is a breakthrough book on student engagement. Join Dennis Shirley and Andy Hargreaves, two award-winning authors and leaders in their field, on a profound educational quest that will take you through exciting and challenging terrain. Five Paths of Student Engagement will open your eyes, heart, and mind and empower you to implement practices that lead directly to your students' well-being, learning, and success.

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Your guide to promoting active engagement in the classroom and improving student learning

This is a breakthrough book on student engagement. Join Dennis Shirley and Andy Hargreaves, two award-winning authors and leaders in their field, on a profound educational quest that will take you through exciting and challenging terrain. Five Paths of Student Engagement will open your eyes, heart, and mind and empower you to implement practices that lead directly to your students' well-being, learning, and success.

By integrating psychological and sociological perspectives, and using inspiring examples from seven years of research, this book delves deeply into the what, why, and how of student engagement. It reveals who and what the true enemies of student engagement are, and shows you how to defeat them. It will enrich and reward your work for years to come.

Utilize research-based strategies to promote active engagement in the classroom and build the foundation for student growth:

  • Learn why active engagement is the new frontier of student achievement.
  • Understand how engaging students means so much more than defeating boredom.
  • Consider psychological and sociological theories that cast new light on engagement and motivation.
  • Reflect on how engagement is about mystery and magic, meaning and purpose, and focus and mastery.
  • Understand why increasing classroom engagement requires much more than surveys, rubrics and observation protocols.
  • Learn strategies to battle all five enemies of engagement in order to engage students totally and motivate unmotivated students.
  • Explore five clear paths of engagement that lead to improving student learning and success that all teachers and schools can embark upon immediately.

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Additional Information

Product Code: BKF707, EKF314

ISBN: 9781942496687

Published By: Solution Tree

"Shirley and Hargreaves have hit the mark with this newest look at engagement and its fundamental role in learning. COVID-19 has changed the learning process to the point where student engagement and its link to authentic learning is now more critical than ever. This is a must-read for those who provide learning opportunities."

Jim Costello, executive director, Public Council of Ontario Directors of Education

“In the recent past, well-motivated educational policymakers sought to install more ambitious curricula and secure higher student performances. But they left out a crucial variable: sustained student engagement. In this original, provocative, and engaging book, Dennis Shirley and Andy Hargreaves synthesize fundamental ideas from the social sciences and draw as well on their practical experiences around the world. Readers will come to understand how to nurture students who desire to learn and succeed in doing so.”

Howard Gardner, Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“This book not only provides clear examples of how to get students engaged in learning, it also explores the research behind the different dimensions of engagement itself. For educators and researchers who seek greater clarity on how to improve student academic outcomes and performance, this book will be an invaluable resource.”

Pedro A. Noguera, dean, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

“With Five Paths of Student Engagement, Shirley and Hargreaves have given us not just food for thought, but fuel for action. Their analysis reminds us why student engagement is an educational must-have and cogently lays out the policies, like overemphasis on standardized testing, that can undermine it. As we reimagine learning beyond COVID, I’m grateful to have this clear articulation of the paths to engagement along with the recognition that teachers’ judgment and students’ voices are key to all of them.”

Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers

“Every teacher, at some point in their career, will struggle with the enigma of engagement. Too often, engagement has become a misnomer for teaching fun lessons or getting distracted by digital technology. In response, Dennis Shirley and Andy Hargreaves set out compelling evidence and a powerful argument that will help all educators achieve greater engagement for their students. As these world-renowned authors say: ‘Engagement is both a journey and a destination’ for all and their book shows how we can truly engage all our students cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually.”

Ross Morrison McGill, founder and managing director, @TeacherToolkit

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