Readiness for active student engagement: Principals' perceptions related to the challenges of hands-on activities in a district of Belize

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  • Wesley D. Hickey The University of Texas, Tyler
  • Ross Sherman The University of Texas, Tyler

Keywords:

student engagement, education, Belize

Abstract

Active student engagement strategies, such as hands-on activities, have been an important instructional strategy in schools throughout the world, but traditional passive teaching methodologies are common. This is true in regions of Belize, where limits in resources and educational capacity create barriers to improved student engagement. This research surveyed principals in Belize regarding their perceptions of the current state of active teaching methodologies in their schools. The responses suggest that there are benefits to active student engagement, but a lack of materials and teacher training, and concerns with safety make the use of hands-on lessons more difficult.

Author Biographies

Wesley D. Hickey, The University of Texas, Tyler

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Ross Sherman, The University of Texas, Tyler

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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