The Importance Of Student Disengagement In Education

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A problem faced by educators is the disengagement of students on their academic life (Covell, McNeil & Howe, 2009). There are reported students who totally disconnect with their studies that resulted to poor academic performance or failure (Parsons & Taylor, 2011). One of most educators’ objectives is for their students to engage in their studies, which leads to the success of their academic experience (Butler-Kisber & Portelli, 2003). Hence, educators seek to foster learning and support students to attain their academic goals. Apparently, educators are finding ways and hoping for their students to become successful learners. One of the responsibilities of a school counselor is to provide academic support to students, especially those who experience academic concerns and problems. The researcher as a practicing guidance counselor has observed many students who were referred for having academic concerns such as absenteeism, poor academic performance, lack of motivation and negative attitude towards education. The referred students are given interventions through academic consultation, individual or group counseling, and referral to a learning assistance program, which provides tutorials. Although there are available interventions, a proactive approach of identifying students who are possibly at-risk of disengaging on their studies may aid educators to prevent that problem. In the past, several constructs were used to address these concerns in the academe. However, student
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