Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Kay A. Keiser


The student population in classrooms across America is growing increasingly diverse in socio-economic background, schema, and learning styles; however, far too many academic programs are designed for a “one size fits all approach” that does not engage students. Educational leaders who promote new ways to personalize instruction in order to improve student engagement reap benefits far beyond what is expected. The researcher investigates the relationship of personalized learning and student engagement and socio-economic status. Previous studies have demonstrated the impact of student engagement as a means to improve academic achievement, school climate, and family and community involvement. The researcher includes peer-reviewed studies that demonstrate a positive correlation between personalized learning and student engagement; student engagement and academic achievement, faculty engagement and impacts on the student experience, and the long term effects of community and family engagement on student well-being. The researcher describes the findings as correlation coefficients measuring effect sizes. The greatest effect size presented in the study demonstrates the correlation of student engagement and poverty level.


A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education. Copyright 2016 Andrea Yeager Neuzil.

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