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Student Engagement: A Missing Link in Improving High Schools


by Martha McCarthy & George D. Kuh September 09, 2005

In addition to knowing if students are taking the right courses in high school and performing at acceptable levels on college entrance exams, we also need to know whether they engage in the kinds of educationally purposeful activities that will help them develop the habits of the mind and acquire the skills and competencies they need to succeed in college and beyond. In short, are high school students doing enough studying, reading, and writing to prepare them for what to expect in college?


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 09, 2005
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12162, Date Accessed: 9/22/2017 9:23:26 AM

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  • Martha McCarthy
    Indiana University
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    MARTHA MCCARTHY is Chancellor's Professor and Director of the High School Survey of Student Engagement at Indiana University.
  • George Kuh
    Indiana University
    GEORGE D. KUH is Chancellor's Professor and Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement at Indiana University.
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