ERIC Number: EJ822438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Classroom Conditions to Secure Enjoyment and Achievement: The Pupils' Voice. Listening to the Voice of "Every Child Matters"
Hopkins, Elizabeth A.
Education 3-13, v36 n4 p393-401 Nov 2008
This paper argues that pupil voice and the active engagement of pupils in shaping their own educational experience are integral to the success of the "Enjoy and Achieve" strand of the "Every child matters: Change for children" programme. Through accessing the voice of Key Stage 2 pupils, insight was gained into what pupils believe to be the ideal "classroom conditions" which enable them to enjoy and achieve at school. Pupil voice was accessed using an innovative form of group interview incorporating an Ishikawa or fishbone tool. The data was collected from 180 pupils, from Years 3-6 (aged 7-11) in a UK Junior school. The findings identify eight "classroom conditions" which pupils see as being critical for them to be able to enjoy and achieve at school. Two of these "classroom conditions" do not appear to be supported by previous research. (Contains 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Environment, Educational Experience, Learner Engagement, Classroom Techniques, Student Motivation, Student Participation, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom