RESEARCH NOTE | How Does Class Participation Relate to First Year Student Success?

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For those who teach in a classroom, the positive benefits of engaging and participating in class are apparent. Both in research and in practice, classroom engagement has previously been shown to increase both motivation and learning by better connecting them to the classroom experience in order to support academic success. But, how does class participation relate to the broader first year student experience?


This note explores class participation in first-year college students using responses from a national survey of over 25,000 first-year college students from nearly 30 institutions in the United States.