The effects of classroom and school environments on student engagement: the case of high school students in Abu Dhabi public schools

Guang Yang, Masood Badri, Asma Al Rashedi, Karima Almazroui, Rula Qalyoubi, Peng Nai

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Abstract

Drawing on data from a merged data set from a student survey and a parent survey that were conducted in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 2013, this article uses a multilevel framework to investigate the effects of individual characteristics and the classroom and school environments on high school students’ school engagement in a modernising education system that is different from Western ones. The results of the three-level model revealed that while students’ attributes remained strong predictors of their school engagement, the social and organisational environment of classrooms and school also greatly shaped the extent to which students emotionally and cognitively engaged with their school and learning. This study provided evidence to support the interactive nature of the impact of multilevel environments on student engagement. The policy and research implications were also discussed in the empirical context of Abu Dhabi.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-239
Number of pages17
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Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 4 2017

Keywords

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Student engagement
  • classroom effect
  • multilevel modelling
  • school effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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