Student voice in Irish post-primary schools: a drama of voices

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dc.contributor.advisor Horgan, Mary en Fleming, Domnall Patrick 2013-12-18T15:17:53Z 2013 2013
dc.identifier.citation Fleming, D. P. 2013. Student voice in Irish post-primary schools: a drama of voices. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 272
dc.description.abstract This research is an exploration of the expression of student voice in Irish post-primary schools and how its affordance could impact on students’ and teachers’ experiences in the classroom, and at whole-school level through a student council. Student voice refers to the inclusion of students in decisions that shape their experiences in classrooms and schools, and is fundamental to a rights-based perspective that facilitates students to have a voice and a say in their education. Student voice is essential to the development of democratic principles, active citizenship, and learning and pedagogy. This qualitative research, based in three post-primary case-study schools, concerns teachers in eighteen classrooms engaging in dialogic consultation with their students over one school year. Teachers considered the students’ commentary and then adjusted their practice. The operation of student councils was also examined through the voices of council members, liaison teachers and school principals. Theorised within socio-cultural (social constructivist), social constructionist and poststructural frames, the complexity of student voice emerges from its conceptualisation and enactment. Affording students a voice in their classroom presented positive findings in the context of relationships, pedagogical change and students’ engagement, participation and achievement. The power and authority of the teacher and discordant student voices, particularly relating to examinations, presented challenges affecting teachers’ practice and students’ expectations. The functional redundancy of the student council as a construct for student voice at whole-school level, and its partial redundancy as a construct to reflect prefigurative democracy and active citizenship also emerge from the research. Current policy initiatives in Irish education situate student voice in pedagogy and as dialogic consultation at classroom and whole-school level. This work endorses the necessity for and benefit of such a positioning with the author further arguing that it should not become the instrumental student voice of data source, accountability and performativity. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2013, Domnall P. Fleming. en
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dc.subject Student voice en
dc.subject Student council en
dc.subject Democracy en
dc.subject Rights en
dc.subject Pedagogy en
dc.subject.lcsh Student government--Ireland. en
dc.subject.lcsh Democracy--Study and teaching (Secondary). en
dc.title Student voice in Irish post-primary schools: a drama of voices en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en Education en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Not applicable en
dc.thesis.opt-out false
dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
dc.internal.conferring Autumn Conferring 2013 en

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