Original paper

The Australian Educational Researcher

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 293-310

First online:

Teacher self-report on learner engagement strategies in the early years classroom

  • Deb KeenAffiliated withFaculty of Education, Brisbane Campus, Australian Catholic University Email author 
  • , Donna PennellAffiliated withFaculty of Education, Brisbane Campus, Australian Catholic University
  • , Sandy MusprattAffiliated withSchool of Education, The University of Queensland
  • , Shiralee PoedAffiliated withMelbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

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Effective engagement of young children in the classroom is a critical step toward achieving positive learning outcomes. The Learning and Engagement Questionnaire (LEQ) was developed by the first two authors to identify ways in which teachers strive to engage learners in the classroom. In this study, the factor structure of the LEQ is examined. Participants were 274 teachers of children in their first 3 years of formal schooling. An exploratory factor analysis was conducted and supported a five factor solution: Goal Directed Learning; Task Selection; Teacher Responsiveness; Intensive Teaching; and Planning the Learning Environment.


Learner engagement Child engagement Engagement measure Teachers