Blog 2: Encouraging Success and Engagement with Communication Between Teachers and Students

In the span of a month, my research has proven to have significant relevance to the initial questions raised. Student engagement can be influenced by teachers, primarily by conversations between the two on what they need from each other to reach their goals. That engagement is also heavily implicated in the success of these students, as shown by many studies on institutions across the world.

The relationship between Teachers and Students can be beneficial for both parties, and is built on effective communication between the two. Consistent feedback, and positive encouragement are important for students to feel comfortable in a learning environment, which makes the learning experience easier and more bountiful.

The primary challenge I’ve had with the research thus far has been looking for articles on a topic, and finding hundreds of articles on a database that have the correct tags but don’t fit my research. Some articles look promising and I read into them, but ultimately the findings aren’t relevant or significant for my research. I also enjoy reading the articles, however it’s disappointing coming away from an article to not have any quotes to put into a document. The time feels half-wasted.

I’m majoring in Psychology, and this research is not entirely in that field however I feel like what I’m learning will be highly applicable in the future for my career. Preliminary research on motivational factors for students could lead into further research in the coming years, which is both interesting information and useful as a student so I could promote my own engagement and success.

Blog 1: Grades Aren’t Everything

Professor Magaldi and myself are performing research on how to increase the success and engagement of students in colleges, to make the most of their experiences in their classes and beyond. The focus of our project is the beyond part, where we will search for methods of ensuring students stay motivated, analyze the benefits of Honors and Honors Societies on student success, and how to begin and maintain professional relationships with people that can help advance your career. Further points of interest include extracurricular activities and general college tips to help those who feel lost or overwhelmed by a college environment.

We have three expected outcomes from our research. First, we plan to find the causes and consequences of student engagement, specifically how engagement and success are linked. Second, we expect to understand what differentiates a good Honors Society from one that doesn’t provide direct benefits to the education of its members. Finally through our research we expect to create guidelines of how to create professional relationships whether through seeing professors in their office hours or becoming a leader in a community.

This research is a case study on higher education, analyzing the benefits of certain aspects and how to efficiently achieve success through multiple avenues. A case study approach fits this research best, due to the largely qualitative research on a few different questions within the same field. What we learn from this research may lead to further research in this topic, on specific methods of increasing engagement that may require further knowledge to explain and apply successfully.