Overview: Student Engagement in Manaiakalani

Researchers from the Woolf Fisher Research Centre at the University of Auckland have identified four types of student engagement observed in Manaiakalani Schools. We explore what this means and how it outworks in classes through a series of interviews and artefacts curated in the first half of 2014.

Observing Engagement: Woolf Fisher Research Team


Dr Rebecca Jesson and Professor Stuart McNaughton discuss the four types of student engagement that were used to investigate levels of student engagement in Manaiakalani schools. They describe what they saw and provide advice to other networks who might be considering an exploration of student engagement.

Cognitive engagement: Kyla Hansell


Kyla Hansell is a Year 8 teacher at Tamaki Primary School. Here she talks about how she builds complexity into student learning in the digital environment. For Kyla, this starts with best practice - deliberate acts of teaching, effective scaffolding and feedback, knowing your learners and high quality planning. Teaching as Inquiry is integral to Kyla's success, as is strong, effective leadership of teaching and learning in her school.

Kyla's process for building complexity into student learning in the digital environment involves assessment for learning (formative assessment); high quality task design using models for learning (Blooms, De Bono etc) that make learning relevant and accessible to students; and ensuring that critical thinking and information literacies are taught throughout her teaching and learning programmes.