ERIC Number: ED475711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Student Achievement in Democratic Classrooms.
Ackley, Blaine C.; Colter, David J.; Marsh, Benjamin; Sisco, Renee
This study examined data about student achievement in a democratic or participatory classroom environment. The data set is from a suburban middle school in Washington State. Interviews were held with three teachers who identified themselves as teachers who regularly use democratic classroom meetings to examine classroom rules and classroom learning choices. Student achievement records were examined for some students identified as "discouraged learners," underachievers in the lowest quartile of most graded classroom activities. Findings suggest that teachers can have a more positive influence on student achievement when they allow students to have a voice in classroom decisions, although these results are equivocal and warrant further study. The results from this small data set show promising practices that are worthy of further study in the age of the No Child Left Behind Act. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).