AndWePresent, Inc. is currently conducting a research study on student engagement of high school and college students in the Chicagoland area. The 2016 Classroom Engagement Survey has been developed to measure the levels of student engagement inside the classroom, what engages students outside of the classroom, and other variables that affect retention and graduation rates.

Purpose of the Study

The purpose of this study is to find out what engages high school and college students outside of the classroom in order to strategize ways to incorporate these engagement factors inside the classroom.  Research is conducted to collect information in order to fully understand students’ passions and interests. The research conducted will help to promote a more forward-thinking approach in the field of education and incorporate innovative ideas that consistently engage students through new forms of learning.

In addition, this research study :

  • Provides the opportunity to create curricula and learning outcomes for workshops centered around student interests and passions.
  • Allows AndWePresent, Inc. to assess how popular culture can be implemented in the classroom leading to increased engagement of high school and college students
  • Provides an analysis on the variables that affect student engagement levels amongst high school and college students in the Chicagoland area. No customized assessment has yet to be conducted in this form.
  • Provides clear evidence to schools on what factors engage their students inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Provides clear evidence that incorporating students’ passions and interests within curricula will increase engagement levels inside the classroom and promote additional learning and comprehension opportunities outside of the classroom.
  • Provides information to instructors and education practitioners that will strengthen connections between them and their students.

Research Question: What variable or factors affect student engagement of high school and college students ages 16-24 years old?

Subsidiary: How does popular culture affect student engagement within this context, if at all?

Comparison to Previous Research

Although previous research has been conducted on student engagement, AndWePresent, Inc. will obtain information on additional factors that previous studies have not had the opportunity to do including:

  • Research on student engagement of high school and college students specifically in the Chicagoland area
  • Research to determine how popular culture affects student engagement levels
  • Research that produces analyses on which innovative practices can be used as learning techniques both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Research on passions and interests of high school and college students and how the two factors can increase engagement levels

Study Instruments

AndWePresent, Inc. and Aucity LLC has developed the 2016 Classroom Engagement Survey to obtain information on student engagement levels. Surveys are administered both in person and online.  The latest survey tool can be found below.

2016 Classroom Engagement Survey Tool (.pdf)

Interviews will take place over the phone and in person. Interviews will supplement the survey questions and get more in-depth about factors that engage students inside and outside of the classroom. In person interviews will be varied from individual to group interviews. Sample interview questions can be found below.

  • Do you feel like you are learning when you are at school? Why or why not?
  • If you had the choice, what would you add or take away from school to make it more engaging for students?
  • What interests you outside of school?


Student Engagement Factors

5 factors have been identified by AndWePresent, Inc. as variables that affect student engagement:

  1. Collaborative Learning: Working with peers to solve problems, debate, or to complete assignments and presentations.
  2. Student Effort: The way students contribute to their learning process and their ability to reach goals.
  3. Academic Strategies: Methods used by the instructor to teach, and the students’ ability to comprehend and take an interest in the material.
  4. Faculty Interaction: The personal interactions that take place between the student and the instructor/staff member.
  5. Outside Environment: Factors that are not controlled by the instructor/staff member at the school such as employment, caring for a loved one, friends/family, etc.