- Sound, Presence, and Power: "Student Voice" in Educational Research and Reform, Cook-Sather, Alison. Curriculum Inquiry, v36 n4 p359-390 Win 2006 (https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ748364)
- NCCA Learner Voice Research Study Report (2018) https://www.ncca.ie/media/3442/16539-ncca-the-learner-voice-research-study-v2.pdf
This tool which has been developed by students themselves in an Irish secondary school provides teachers and school management teams with an animated video which shows the various ways that Student Voice can be developed inside and outside classrooms. The video is intended for use by schools who are at the early stages of encouarging students to engege in discussion about the importance and value of Student Voice. The animation could also be used as a model for students to develop their own messages through video, posters or booklets about the importance of Student Voice within their own particular context.
An introduction to Student Voice Animated Video – prodeuced by James O'Brien -student at St Joeph's Secondary School, Rush, Ireland.
Step 1: View the animated video in full
Step 2: Ask a group of students to use map of school provided or draw map highlighing in green where their voice is heard in the school
Step 3: Ask students to share one thing that they would like to see changed about school life insde or outside the classoom. Provide students with post-its for individual responses
Step 4 Discuss the responses and sort the post-its into three headings- easy , possible and difficult changes.
Step 5. Share the post-it exercise with other staff for their feedback. Agree one or two changes to implement from the students' list.
Step 6 Feedback to the students the outcome of the discussion.
Step 7 Monitor the implementation of the agreed change.
This tool is very usefulfor schools who are aiming to introduce the concept of Student Voice beyond the small representative body of students.
This tool can be used with small or large group of students
This tool can allow students to see in a small but tangible way how their voice can have an impact on the life of the school.