ERIC Number: EJ916284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Reference Count: 17
School Climate that Promotes Student Voice
Elias, Maurice J.
Principal Leadership, v11 n1 p22-27 Sep 2010
All over the world, educators are recognizing that creating a school culture and climate that genuinely engages and supports all students is essential to increasing students' achievement and preventing students from dropping out. Research supports the view that schools must encourage students to express themselves--clearly and often--and be places where students feel listened to and understood. Under such circumstances, a dynamic ethic of social participation is created that begins in the classroom and extends to the school building, the surrounding environs, and outward into the community. Fundamentally, lasting learning is the result of acts of co-creation in caring contexts, and that is what the pedagogy of student voice provides. Combined with efforts to create a safe, supporting, caring, and challenging school climate and explicitly promote students' social-emotional and character development (SECD) competencies, activities that enhance student voice and engagement are among the most powerful tools to reduce the drop-out rate and close the academic and opportunity gaps that still plague too many schools. Included in this article are the top six activities to enhance student voice.
Descriptors: School Culture, School Buildings, Educational Environment, Academic Achievement, Ethics, Social Environment, Student Participation, Governance, Mentors, Service Learning, Reflection, Student Research
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