The structure of school engagement among youth in China: An exploratory study.
Abstract: Using a translated measurement model that was originally developed
by Li and Lerner (2011) for U.S. youth, and data from a sample of 8th, 9th and 11th grade
Chinese adolescents (N = 364), exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was used to identify a
multidimensional school engagement construct in China. Results were not consistent with
existing theoretical and empirical literature in West... read moreern countries. Instead of three
factors, four factors were found: school compliance, self-expression, emotional engagement,
and cognitive engagement. In addition, a relatively weak correlation was found between
behavioral engagement and academic performance, and no significant correlation was found
between Emotional or Cognitive engagement and academic performance. Based on the
differences between this study and previous studies in Western countries, the need for an
emic approach in studying school engagement among youth in China is
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Development.
Advisor: Richard Lerner.
Committee: Jonathan Zaff, and Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg.
Keywords: Developmental psychology, and Education.read less