ERIC Number: EJ937604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
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Listening to the Voices of Students with Disabilities: Can Such Voices Inform Practice?
Byrnes, Linda J.; Rickards, Field W.
Australasian Journal of Special Education, v35 n1 p25-34 Jul 2011
This article investigates issues to do with student voice. Much attention is given within the literature to including the voice of students without disabilities in educational debate. Indeed, clear connections have been made between the use of student voice and raising student achievement (Mitra, 2004). Given the validation of such voices, it is paradoxical that limited attention is accorded to the views of students with disabilities (Habel, Bloom, Ray, & Bacon, 1999). This position paper explores reasons why the viewpoints of students with disabilities are not routinely investigated or listened to, and puts forward a case for stronger attention to be given to such voices. The article concludes by offering suggestions as to how to collect such viewpoints.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Disabilities, Position Papers, Student Empowerment, Academic Achievement, Students, Listening, Attention
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