Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies


The focus of this Capstone Project is on student engagement during after-school programs. Poorly attended after school programs and student behavioral issues can result from low levels of student engagement. This is an important issue because educators who facilitate after-school programs would benefit from tools to help students who are struggling with low levels of engagement. An evidence-based argument is offered that the best way that educators can foster engagement are through structured programming, variation in activities, student choice, and parent involvement. The three primary stakeholder perspectives chosen were elementary school teachers, because of their classroom experience and their experience with the after school program. Three themes emerged from an analysis of the data and were explored as ways to address the issue presented. A combination of training opportunities for paraeducators and hands-on activities are argued to be the most effective way to achieve higher levels of student engagement in an afterschool program.

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