Date of Award





Doctor of Education

Degree Type



Counseling, Foundations & Leadership

First Advisor

Anna Hart

Second Advisor

Eli Jones

Third Advisor

Jan Burcham


Lack of student engagement in high schools is a concerning factor in education; low levels of engagement can lead to student apathy, academic challenges, disruptive behavior, and a higher dropout rate. The purpose of this research was to examine the relationship between high school students’ perceptions of engagement and students’ perceptions of the teacher in the visual art classroom. The researcher used social constructivism as a lens through which to explore this topic. The theory of constructivism focuses on active exploration and learning about ideas of personal significance, where the teacher plays an essential supportive and guiding role in student learning. The sample for this research was 68 high school students in a large metropolitan school district in Georgia who were enrolled in Comprehensive Art I. The researcher used a survey to collect students’ perceptions of their cognitive, emotional, and behavioral engagement in the art classroom as well as perceptions of their teacher. Data from this nonexperimental, cross-sectional, predictive study was analyzed using multiple linear regression where the dependent variable is teacher perception and the independent variables are cognitive, emotional, and behavioral engagement. Key findings include insight on the relationship of student levels of engagement to perceptions of the teacher in the art classroom.