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Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)


R. Claxton


Disengagement, Engagement, Low Socioeconomic, Elementary Level




The purpose of this applied study was to solve the problem of student disengagement in an elementary school located in a low socioeconomic school district in central New Jersey and to formulate a solution to address the problem. Student engagement is an issue of concern for school administrators and teachers. Disengagement often results in lower student academic performance. The problem of student disengagement may have a long-term impact on a student’s academic success as well as his or her career. The central research question guiding this research was: How can the problem of disengagement be solved at Beacon Charter Elementary School, located in central New Jersey? The school selected is in a low socioeconomic school district. Students living in low socioeconomic communities often have academic gaps that are at a higher level than students living in rural communities. An applied research multimethod approach was chosen, collecting and analyzing data using qualitative and quantitative methods. The data-coded research was analyzed by categorizing common themes from interviews, a focus group, and a survey. The teachers met in a focus group to build on the issue of disengagement and strategies they felt might make a difference. A survey was given to teachers from the same school to add additional data to provide a possible solution for student disengagement. The research results may be important for teachers, administrators, students, and the community to provide an answer to the problem of student disengagement.

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