Validation of the French version of the student engagement instrument


  • Anne Lessard University of Sherbrooke
  • Amanda Lopez University of Sherbrooke
  • Thierno Diallo Western Sydney University


student engagement with school, psychological engagement, student engagement instrument, cultural validation, cognitive engagement


The purpose of this study is to explore the psychometric properties of the French version of the Student Engagement Instrument in order to perform a cross-cultural validation of its factorial structure, based on a sample of 919 French Canadian high school students. Results confirm the reliability of the instrument with good internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha between .76 and .84). Confirmatory factor analysis shows the validity of the six scales composing the French version of the instrument. Results are significant as there were no standardized instruments with which to evaluate student engagement in high school students in French. Student engagement represents an important intervention target towards improving student achievement and preventing dropout.

Author Biographies

Anne Lessard, University of Sherbrooke

is the dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Sherbrooke. She holds a research chair on student engagement in partnership with the Centre de services scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke since 2012. Her research aims to document dropout prevention and teaching practices promoting school engagement.

Amanda Lopez, University of Sherbrooke

wrote her doctoral thesis on student engagement and obtained her doctorate degree from the University of Sherbrooke. She remained on staff as a senior lecturer and has since contributed to enlightening students in both the Department of Pedagogy and the Department of Special Education. amanda.lopez.

Thierno Diallo, Western Sydney University

obtained his doctorate degree in applied mathematics from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is currently a senior lecturer and biostatistician in the School of Social Sciences at Western Sydney University. He has been involved in different projects leading to the publication of over 20 research articles in the past 5 years.


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How to Cite

Lessard, A., Lopez, A., & Diallo, T. (2022). Validation of the French version of the student engagement instrument. McGill Journal of Education / Revue Des Sciences De l’éducation De McGill, 57(2). Retrieved from