Student Voice in Elementary School Reform: Examining Youth Development in Fifth Graders

The present research examines the developmental outcomes of elementary-aged students engaged in student voice efforts. Using a case study of fifth-grade girls, the authors compare their experiences to research examining secondary school. The authors find marked similarities in the growth of agency, belonging, competence-the ABCs of youth development. The authors also notice two additional dimensions-the need to engage in discourse that allows an exchange of diverse ideas while working toward a common goal. The authors also observed the emergence of civic efficacy, or a belief that one can make a difference in their social worlds. The authors also examine the contexts and conditions that support positive youth development in this case-scaffolding youth learning, establishing inquiry as the framework for teaching and learning, and establishing a clear vision of the school as a place that fosters student voice.

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Work Title Student Voice in Elementary School Reform: Examining Youth Development in Fifth Graders
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Creators
  1. Dana L. Mitra
  2. Stephanie C. Serriere
Keyword
  1. Student voice
  2. Youth development
  3. Civic engagement
  4. Efficacy
  5. Youth-adult partnership
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Work Type Article
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  1. American Educational Research Journal
Publication Date August 1, 2012
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  1. https://doi.org/10.3102/0002831212443079
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