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ERIC Number: EJ1204696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-764X
The Politics of Student Voice: Unravelling the Multiple Discourses Articulated in Schools
Charteris, Jennifer; Smardon, Dianne
Cambridge Journal of Education, v49 n1 p93-110 2019
For almost two decades student voice has been used and enacted in educational settings for a range of purposes. Student voice theorists have framed it in sociocultural, social constructionist and poststructural terms. It has been located in a range of schooling discourses and there have been powerful critiques of instrumentalist uses of student voice. It has been reified for its potential to leverage schooling reform, associated with accountability, governmentality and technologies of control, and also heralded as a process to activate radical collegiality in educational settings. This article investigates how school leaders from Aotearoa/New Zealand discursively locate the complex and contested construct of student voice in their schooling settings. Drawing data from principal interviews, discourses inherent in school leader comments are analysed to consider the contribution of student voice. A consideration is provided of how young people are ascribed positions as agents in contemporary Aotearoa schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand