Jingle, Jangle, and Conceptual Haziness: Evolution and Future Directions of the Engagement Construct

  • Amy L. ReschlyEmail author
  • Sandra L. Christenson


This chapter serves as an introduction to the history and study of student engagement. We describe the evolution of the construct of engagement and disciplinary differences in theories and use of the engagement construct. We highlight how our work on engagement, arising out of dropout intervention, has changed over the last decade. In addition, we delineate current issues in the study of engagement. The chapter ends with a discussion of future directions to advance the theoretical and applied use of student engagement to enhance outcomes for youth.


Student Engagement Autonomous Motivation Cognitive Engagement High School Dropout Behavioral Engagement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Psychology & Instructional TechnologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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