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Check & Connect Student Engagement Intervention | Institute on Community Integration
Institute on Community Integration CEHD

Photo of mentor with four students, representing Check & Connect Student Engagement Intervention.

Pilot Study

The pilot study of the SEI was conducted with a large, diverse group of 9th grade students.  An initial set of items were drawn from the literature and then refined following focus groups with students; a total of 56 items were originally piloted on the survey. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses identified 35-items that loaded on 6 factors: 3 representing cognitive engagement and 3 representing affective engagement.

Cognitive Engagement Affective Engagement
Future Goals and Aspirations Family Support for Learning
Control and Relevance of Schoolwork Peer Support for Learning
Extrinsic Motivation Teacher Student Relationships

SEI scores were associated, as expected, with indicators of student attendance, behavior and achievement (Appleton et al., 2006).

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