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Investigating the Type of Student Engagement That Exists in English Classrooms of Public Basic Schools in Ghana

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Abstract: Currentstudies on student engagement and achievement posited that there are threedimensions of student engagement and there is a correlation between the threedimensions of student engagement and achievement. Several researches conducted in Ghana have looked at aspects of student engagement. However, theissue of poor academic performance continues to be a huge challenge. It isimperative therefore to conduct a study to find out the type of studentengagement that exists in the public basic schools, in order to find out theunderlying factor that impedes good performance in these schools as a way offinding solution to the challenge of poor performance. The study employed aquantitative approach of inquiry, using 61 English language teachers in theCape Coast metropolis in Ghana. The data was collected by a five-point LikertScale questionnaire which was analysed using descriptive statistics (Means andStandard Deviation). The study found out that, though there are traits of thethree dimensions of student engagement, the dominant dimension was the Emotional.Thus, in Cape Coast, the three dimensions are not at play in the Englishclassrooms so achievement could not happen.

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