7 The Importance of ‘WHY’ and Context

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Providing context on why and how the course material will help students in their future can help improve student engagement in the class. When limited context and relevancy is given, students will not pay as much attention. As a result, students become less engaged in learning and more engaged in playing the Game of School. When the professors explain where the course material can be useful, students can be engaged in learning for more than getting a grade. 

The following two scenarios provide examples of improved engagement and student reactions. These scenarios are taken directly from personal experiences of two authors for this book. 

Scenario 1: An Accounting Course 

Scenario 2: An Engineering Course  

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