It is no secret that education policies have been increasingly promoting the use of student perception surveys in Australian schools. The idea behind this initiative is to bring about a more holistic assessment in the classroom, one that considers key aspects of teaching and learning, including teacher-student relationship and belonging which are typically ignored by more traditional assessment tools like NAPLAN. However, studies show these surveys tend to be overlooked too, mostly because educators are unsure what to do with them-- leaving students sceptical and frustrated about the value of their voice. Shedding more light on the complexity of using student perception surveys in schools, we share our recent studies on related professional learning initiatives and offer insights into utilising student voice data in ways that empower both teachers and students. We argue that student perception surveys can be useful tools if part of a shared teacher-student research process, where teachers and students collaboratively explore the data to make more sense of its meaning for their context.
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|Published - Dec 2023