ERIC Number: ED457576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Students' Voices about Schooling: What Works for Them--Its Implications to School Reform.
Hatchman, Joann Aiello; Rolland, Charla
This study reflects on children's voices when they are motivated, engaged, and learning in school. It consists of hearing what they have to say about what works for them and their positive school experiences rather than those told by adults. Adults who make policy are missing important information about the student curriculum they write. They are missing practices that help students learn best, and about how to deliver those practices. Through children's voices, educators can hear how they could fill in this missing information and become more effective in their work. To gain this missing piece, student voice, students from elementary, middle, and high schools were interviewed individually or in focus groups. The report argues that it is time adults listened, heard, and acted on these student voices to transform schools into positive environments in which children learn and thrive in academic success. An appendix contains interview questions. (Contains 26 references and 10 figures.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Experience, Learning Strategies, Public Schools, Student Behavior, Student Experience, Student School Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001). Partial research support provided by a mini-grant funded by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, California State University, Hayward.