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

  • Deb Keen
  • Donna Pennell
  • Sandy Muspratt
  • Shiralee Poed
Original paper

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Learner engagement Child engagement Engagement measure Teachers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deb Keen
    • 1
  • Donna Pennell
    • 1
  • Sandy Muspratt
    • 2
  • Shiralee Poed
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Education, Brisbane CampusAustralian Catholic UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia
  3. 3.Melbourne Graduate School of EducationUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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