Engaging students in their education has become an important aspect of teaching today for several reasons. Research demonstrates that when students are engaged in their learning, they are more likely to move from simply receiving information from the instructor to understanding the content and thus create knowledge (Bain, 2004; Nilson, 2010). Additionally, classrooms that are student-centered and allow students to actively participate in instruction provide them with efficacy, meaning that when students get to connect content to what is important to them personally, education has a measurable impact on their lives (Ambrose, Bridges, DiPietro, Lovett, & Norman, 2010). Lastly, when students are engaged in their learning, they are also more likely to persist in school, making engagement a main retention technique today (McClenney & Arnsparger, 2012; Snyder, 2010).
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