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The influence of active learning educational practices on adolescent males in academic achievement and engagement

The focus of this limited study was to explore the influence of active learning educational practices on adolescent males in terms of academic achievement and engagement. The study is significant as it takes up the growing concern regarding adolescent males and schooling which is receiving international attention. The literature review for this study described research supporting what is known about adolescent male learning and set the foundation for an examination of the influence of active learning educational practices on adolescent males in academic achievement and engagement. The questionnaire and interview data collection methods used in this study were founded on research and contemporary discourses addressing the academic achievement as well as the academic engagement of adolescent males and made visible the performances of a group of 30 adolescent males in an independent school in order to examine the influence of active learning educational practices. The findings from the participant responses to the questionnaire indicated a preference for active learning educational practices for seven out of ten (70%) of the statements. The findings of the inductively categorized interview responses indicated a positive influence of active learning practices regarding the participants' classroom learning experiences, style of learning, academic achievement, and academic engagement. Continued research is recommended to determine the extent to which active learning practices influence adolescent male achievement and engagement. Keywords: active learning, adolescent males, academic achievement and engagement

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