Reasons for Apathy & Potential Solutions
Many teachers have students who they regard as “not caring” because they appear withdrawn from the learning environment.. Students may not participate in class discussions, work productively in peer groups, or complete homework. While students may appear apathetic at very young ages, more often this behavior begins to present itself in the intermediate and middle level grades.
Withdrawal from the classroom can be the result of various underlying causes. Our research shows that common reasons for withdrawal fall within at least one of the following five categories, and that sometimes the reason for apathy is due to more than one of these factors. After taking the Apathy Survey, click on potential causes below.
“Students who are disengaged from school are more likely to experience academic failure, school dropout, and a host of other negative psychological outcomes" (Wang & Peck, 2013).
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