The summer is coming to a close and my research has answered many questions since I started asking questions about student success and engagement. The topic branched out from there to expand on communication between generations, and smaller parts of what can influence a student’s success in college.
The research methodology I employed was a qualitative case study. I searched for articles through Pace’s library database services, and read through articles until I found one that was relevant enough to write about. I’d repeat this process until I had enough information compiled for the topic, and I’d move on to another topic to research. I would occasionally go back to a topic and edit the write-up, but for the most part I kept moving forward with my research into a new direction every week.
To understand Student Success and Engagement, I attempted to find out the factors that promote a student’s chances for succeeding in college, finding that good attitudes and supportive environments are among the most important aspects of a successful student. Much of this research was performed in the hopes that I would end up promoting my own success, by learning about good students to eventually become better myself. From there Professor Magaldi recommended a new avenue of research, and occasionally I decided something was important enough to research myself.
Communication between generations can cause issues in a classroom, a barrier preventing the students from understanding the teacher and vice versa. The teacher has the responsibility to educate the students, data shows that teachers who also take the responsibility for emotionally caring about the students create an environment that greatly improves student success, more than for teachers who don’t emotionally acknowledge their students.
Depression in college students is increasing in recent years, and the research done with these students shows that depressions is detrimental to many components of success for a student. Additionally the internet has become so enticing for some students that they become addicted and develop problematic internet habits. Internet overuse is associated with neglecting course work or social obligations in favor of coping with stress with memes and social media.
The experience of working with Professor Magaldi this summer has been a wonderful opportunity, and I’ve learned a lot directly and indirectly through this research. Success takes a lot of dedication to reach, and is subjective for each person. The individual needs to recognize what success looks like to them, and teachers need to understand how to talk with their students to create understanding. The results of my research are intuitive, it makes sense that depressed students are less successful, that teachers who put in more effort promote more success, and that motivation determines the level of effort a student puts into their work. Without motivation, it all crumbles.
I’m excited for another opportunity like this one to perform research, and I plan on working with Professor Magaldi to compile all the research and expand upon it to make a paper that can be used by people to promote their own success. The future of this research is in collecting data on what we couldn’t find before, such as for honors societies. Further research can be done on how much success is determined by an individuals natural affinity for school, and how much is effort from the student to be engaged in their environment. Engagement is vital for the student to learn and be interested in what they’re doing, and researching engagement for a topic I’m engaged in was a great educational experience.