Engaging Minds by David A. Goslin
Motivation and Learning in America's Schools

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Why don't most kids work very hard in school? What can be done to increase the engagement of our children in learning? Everyone concerned about improving the quality of elementary and secondary schools in the United States will want to read this accessible volume that provides a framework for thinking about what can be done to increase student engagement in learning. It is an important contribution to the ongoing dialogue among practitioners, policy makers, and the public at large about many existing proposals for school reform. In addition to offering a number of suggestions for specific new policies and practices, it poses several broader philosophical questions that deserve serious consideration by opinion leaders and the general public.

About David A. Goslin

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David A. Goslin is past president and CEO of the American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences (AIR) and former executive Director of the National Research Council's Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (CBASSE). A sociologist, he is the author or editor of four books: The Search for Ability: Standardized Testing in Social Perspective; Teachers and Testing; The School in Contemporary Society; and The Handbook of Socialization Theory and Research.
Published September 1, 2003 by R&L Education. 216 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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According to the author, the main factors working against students' engagement are poorly structured school systems, cultural beliefs that elevate other activities (such as music, sports and dating) over scholastic success, variations in national curricula, poverty and absentee parenting.

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