NSW schools don’t allow students much say in learning

7/4/2017
Student Say
Students often have little say in how they learn

THE purpose of democratic elections is to enable citizens to have their say in determining how the nation is governed.

Unfortunately, the process of schooling has been a bit less democratic; not every voice has always counted.

Originally, schools were designed with adults in mind so the focus has always been on the teacher as the authority when it comes to learning. Students were largely viewed as empty vessels to be filled up with knowledge so a good classroom was a quiet one.

Unfortunately, within many school settings, there is still the view that students should be seen and not heard. It’s ironic because students make up the largest population within a school community.

Over the past decade, we’ve come to realise that student voice is an important component of learning. Listening and responding to students’ experiences not only develops trust within the classroom but it provides teachers with powerful feedback on the effectiveness of their teaching practice and strategies.

When students are active participants in the learning process they feel more motivated and empowered to learn. Other sectors such as healthcare realised long ago that feedback from patients was critical to ensure they were providing the quality of service expected.


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Posted By Greg Whitby, NewsLocal at 5/10/2017 8:08:54 AM
 
   
  
 

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