Improving Academic Engagement And Achievement Over Time

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Methodology Participants This study took place within a rural public school within a tribal education program housed in the local school district. The participants in this study included 7 high school students in grades 11 and 12 who ranged in age from 16 to 18. The group consisted of 5 boys and 2 girls. All of the students were Native American and were in my classroom. Procedure The purpose of this study was to observe how building relationships in the educational environment would improve academic engagement and achievement over time. I began my study in January 2014, starting with classroom observations as well as through student feedback and interviews. Being a tribal government employee versus a school employee, I was able to go into the classrooms as an observer to see how the students were interacting with peers as well as their teachers which gave me a unique opportunity to gather data regarding student’s classroom engagement. I then met with each student to discuss their perception of their school experience as well as gave them ways to provide feedback that they might think of after our discussion. The goal was to gain background information regarding each student’s experiences and needs as well as social capital available to them so programs could be put into place that would help to enhance and build relationships that would support them in their school experience. I also met with each of the student’s teachers to gain their perspective regarding each
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