ERIC Number: EJ1132943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Eight Voices of Empowerment: Student Perspectives in a Restructured Urban Middle School
Horn, Brian R.
Urban Education, v52 n4 p525-552 Apr 2017
This article explores student empowerment in a restructured urban Title I middle school. The study includes data from eight participants in an action research project that involved a critical inquiry unit in an eighth-grade language arts class that asked students, "How are you empowered and disempowered by school?" Findings reveal that although No Child Left Behind (NCLB) policies are said to empower students, student empowerment is rather a negotiated process that requires teachers to help students develop an eye for fairness, create opportunities for them to express themselves in new ways, and encourage them to learn from one another.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, School Restructuring, Urban Schools, Middle School Students, Action Research, Grade 8, Language Arts, Student Empowerment, Educational Policy, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, Criticism, Power Structure, Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Interviews, Focus Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 8; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001