Sense of Belonging in College Freshman at the Classroom and Campus Levels
Tierra M. Freeman, Lynley Anderman, Jane M. Jensen spring 2007 The Journal of Experimental Education v. 75, number 3, p. 203
This study examines how studentsí sense of belonging is related to academic motivation and which type of teacher behaviors is correlated with developing a sense of belonging in students. The paper presents some useful background information on the topics of belonging, motivation and academic self-efficacy. In their experiments, the authors found that studentsí sense of belonging is fostered by an instructor that demonstrates warmth and openness, encourages student participation, is enthusiastic, friendly and helpful, and is organized and prepared for class.