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Student Voice

August 23rd, 2013 by Graham Attwell

“What do we mean by student voice” asks Catherine Cronin in the blog which accompanies this presentation.  She says “the term tends to signify a set of values and behaviours which includes Sound (the act of speaking), Participation (student presence and involvement), and Power or Agency (see Cook-Sather, 2006). Making space for student voices confronts the power dynamics within schools, classrooms, and the relationships between teachers and students. Without addressing the notion of power in these relationships, student voice initiatives may be simply window dressing. When we truly value and create spaces for student voices, students feel respected and engaged, teachers listen, and students and teachers learn from one another.”

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One Response to “Student Voice”

  1. Hi Graham – many thanks for sharing this post about student voices. This was the theme of the #ictedu conference last May but also a central value in my work, as it is for many of the educators whom I most admire and learn from, including yourself. Thanks for sharing this on your blog, happy to be in such good company 🙂

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