Looking for some examples of student voice in education? Cheryl Doig describes one class venturing into online learning as an authentic example of student voice.
In the blog post "Student voice in education" Cheryl adapts the Draft Community Engagement Model for the City of Charles Sturt to suit the education context. She has related student voice to five levels of engagement:
- The school tells the students about a decision that has happened; and/or about something that is going to happen and how.
- The school asks and listens to the students if they have ideas to improve something, which option they would prefer, or what would happen if we made a certain decision.
- The school includes the students on planning and implementation; or asks how they would like to proceed with something before making a final decision.
- The school works together with students to find solutions, taking into account all the information that leads to an agreed outcome.
- Students are provided with the skills, information, authority and resources in order to make the final decision.
Using this five scale model, where would you see your classroom/school sitting?
What indicators would demonstrate each step?
What would need to be in place for your school to develop students who could function at the top step of this scale?