Measuring Engagement and Disaffection With the Student Engagement Instrument

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 5,6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about the distinction between student engagement and disaffection.
  2. learn about the importance of garnering student self-report of student engagement and disaffection.
  3. learn about how student engagement and disaffection are related to educational outcomes of interest to schools.


Research suggests the need to assess both positive and negative forms of student engagement. The purpose of this study was to pilot disaffection items along with the Student Engagement Instrument within a sample of middle school students from a rural county in the Southeastern U.S. Results hold implications for our theoretical understanding of student engagement and disaffection, and how these constructs are related to educational outcomes of interest to schools.



Kayleigh O´Donnell, University of Georgia
Amy L. Reschly, University of Georgia
James J. Appleton, Gwinnett County Public Schools


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