Making it ‘real’: The role of student voice in reforming classroom practice

When deliberating about how to improve student achievement, a growing body of research suggests going straight to the source and involving students directly. The term student voice is the term that is often used to describe ways in which youth can have opportunities to share in the school decisions that will shape their lives and the lives of their peers (Fielding, 2001; Mitra, 2008). Whether young people are sharing their opinions or leading change efforts, it is important to emphasize that student voice efforts are categorically different from traditional student roles in school (such as planning school dances and holding pep rallies). At the simplest level, student voice can consist of young people sharing their opinions of school problems with administrators and faculty. Student voice initiatives also can become extensive when young people collaborate with adults to address the problems in their schools—and in rare cases with youth assuming leadership roles in change efforts (Mitra, 2005).

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Work Title Making it ‘real’: The role of student voice in reforming classroom practice
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  1. Dana L Mitra
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  1. Educational Leadership
Publication Date January 1, 2008
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