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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Developing Student Voice and Participatory Pedagogy: A Collaborative Study of an Evolving High School Advisory Program
by Henderson, Cara, Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2018, 148; 10787497
Abstract (Summary)

The development of student voice is included under the social and emotional learning (SEL) umbrella and is the focus of this practitioner action research study with a youth cooperative co-inquiry component. The research was designed to develop a thorough understanding of student and faculty perceptions of the prioritization of student voice for the creation and implementation of advising curriculum that is relevant and useful to students, and the supports for and inhibitors to the development and practice of student voice through the school’s advising program.

In this study, student voice is defined as the articulation (through words and behaviors) of one’s sense of self (which includes one’s identity, one’s truth—including ideas, perspectives, and beliefs—and one’s values). Student focus groups, faculty interviews, fieldnote journal entries, and archival data were collected and analyzed. Findings include the need for (1) a clear, shared vision that includes student and faculty voices, (2) strong and authentic mentor-mentee relationships, (3) distributed leadership, (4) ongoing faculty training and support, and (5) a dependable structure for regular and ongoing feedback. The implications of these findings for practice and research involve the relationship between a strong, distributed leadership model and the creation of authentic spaces for student voice.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Waff, Diane
Commitee: Kuriloff, Peter, McKee, Annie
School: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Educational and Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 79/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Secondary education
Keywords: Advisory, Distributed leadership, Student voice
Publication Number: 10787497
ISBN: 978-0-438-04617-7
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