ERIC Number: EJ1110880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Improving Student Wellbeing: Having a Say at School
Anderson, Donnah L.; Graham, Anne P.
School Effectiveness and School Improvement, v27 n3 p348-366 2016
The wellbeing of children and young people remains a concern internationally and an increasing focus of policy, programmes, and teacher professional development in schools. Supporting wellbeing is now central to the realisation of children's rights, evidenced by an expanding literature linking children's participation and their wellbeing. As promising as such scholarship might be in advocating for the democratisation of schools, little empirical research has investigated these links. Drawing on relevant findings from a large mixed-methods study in Australia that sought the views of students, principals, teachers, and other staff about wellbeing at school, this paper explores a number of links between student voice and wellbeing. The findings revealed that students understood wellbeing in multifaceted ways, including having a say, being listened to, having rights, and being respected. Further, both students and staff identified positive associations between having a say at school, being recognised (cared for, respected, and valued), and wellbeing.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Well Being, Mixed Methods Research, Student Attitudes, Student Empowerment, Student Rights, Teacher Student Relationship, Human Dignity, Recognition (Achievement), Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Focus Groups, Semi Structured Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Student Role, Student Needs, Preferences, School Culture, Online Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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