Student voice in school transformation: Student contribution to the improvement of an Australian school

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    Abstract

    The potential of students to contribute to school improvement processes is an emerging area of research focus informing educational change theory and practice. This paper reports on a case study of the innovative and transformative improvement of a failing public high school in Melbourne, Australia. Using data from interviews with school leaders, teachers, students and parents, as well as observations and document analysis, this paper examines how a transformational leadership approach that prioritised student voice and agency in learning and whole school decision making resulted in significant improvement in enrolment and achievement measures.

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    ConferenceAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2020
    Abbreviated titleAERA2020
    Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
    CitySan Francisco
    Period17/04/2021/04/20
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    Keywords

    • Student voice
    • Educational leadership
    • educational change

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