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Grattan Institute Report into Student Engagement

The recent report published by the Grattan Institute titled Engaging Students: Creating Classroom that Improve Learning is a helpful, while sobering, insight into levels of engagement, and therefore learning, within classrooms of Australian school students. Perhaps one of the more interesting findings is that not only must we consider the disruption that is caused by disengaged students, affecting the learning of others, but we must face the reality that in the average classroom, “… nearly one in four students are compliant but quietly disengaged.”

Your teacher training institute, the National Institute for Christian Education, can help.

The report concludes, “It is vital that teachers create the right classroom climate for learning: raising student expectations; developing a rapport with students; establishing routines; challenging students to participate and take risks. These all affect how much their students engage and learn”. Creating the right classroom climate involves curriculum design that is authentic, responsive and holistically engaging; creating the right classroom climate involves nurturing communities of learning that are gracious and optimistic, collaborative and challenging as opposed to process-driven or steeped in competition.

The National Institute provides two professional development workshops that explore curriculum design for student transformation (and engagement) and Christian pedagogy focusing on creating engaging learning communities that foster transformation through engagement:

Certificate of Christian Education (Design)
Certificate of Christian Education (Deliver)

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Click here to email Chris Parker to explore a booking with the teaching team.

The National Institute continues to build a relationship with Kevin Knight, the author of the 8People mentoring based model of professional development, and is developing opportunities to embrace this in the near future. This approach also speaks into student engagement and the associated pedagogical considerations.

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