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Myth 6: Socializing with Peers Detracts from Student Engagement: How to Create a Peer Context That Supports Engagement

Myth 6: Socializing with peers detracts from student engagement: How to create a peer context that supports engagement

Schools and classrooms are inherently social places. Prior research demonstrates that students’ social and academic lives are intertwined. Peers can provide companionship, emotional support, and validation, and they can help with solving academic problems. Students who have positive relationships with their peers have been found to have higher levels of engagement, motivation, and achievement (Wentzel, 2009). In contrast, students who are rejected by their peers have poorer academic and behavioral outcomes over time (Ladd, 2005).

However, despite the evidence regarding the importance of peer support for a range of positive outcomes, ...

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