College of Education and Human Services
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
NACO controlled Corporate Body
University of North Florida. Department of Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management
Dr. Matthew Ohlson
Dr. David Hoppey
Dr. Amanda Pascale
Dr. Daniel Dinsmore
Dr. Brian Ludden
Dr. Elizabeth Gregg
Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey
Writing is an integral part of achievement in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). Across content areas, literacy standards for writing stipulate, “students should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all levels of language use” (www.corestandards.org, 2019). Many teachers are reluctant to incorporate writing in courses since assigning writing activities, reading, and grading of student writing and can be seen as a laborious task (Peha, 2003). This research, conducted in a Title 1 middle school in northeast Florida, is a bounded case study on the effects of writing on the physical occurrences of students’ level of engagement. Because student engagement in the classroom promotes understanding and achievement (Collins, 2007; Gunuc, 2014; Valentine, 2005; Zinsser, 1989), this research consists of observations of students’ physical characteristics which indicate engagement, and showcases classroom practices that have writing as part of learning. Findings of this work suggest that inclusion of writing activities increases student engagement, which is known to benefit learning.
Reed, Angela D'Alessandro, "Writing and Engagement in a Title 1 Middle School in Northeast Florida" (2019). UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 922.