Children and student voice across all sectors


With the shifting landscape in education, learning has increasingly been seen more so as a “career” where students are expected to take more responsibility of their learning and future employment. In addition, given the opportunity, students may be able to negotiate new ways and possibilities to achieve successful and sustainable educational outcomes across and within various spaces. As such, important critical questions around student voice are being raised, discussed and debated and include:

  • How do researchers communicate their work with students to inform and improve educational practices and policies?
  • What is the current state of scholarship on student voice in Australia?
  • What will future practices look like with the growth of the globally im/mobile youth and international schooling?

This SIG, therefore, not only encompasses student voice but also student agency, research and participation. Knowledge sharing of these interrelated fields will also enhance successful outcomes in student wellbeing, engagement, learning, partnership, empowerment, representation, and leadership.

We aim to:

  • provide a safe space for researchers to discuss openly, including:
    • how, and in what ways, student voice, research, agency and participation can inform and improve
      educational practices and policy;
    • strengths and weaknesses of existing scholarship; and
    • trans and multi-disciplinary perspectives around student voice.
  • build a support base for emerging HDR scholars
  • strengthen research ties and networks locally, nationally and transnationally

Research interests

  • Student voice, agency, research and participation in ECE, schools, ELICOS, adult and community
    education, TAFE, VET and HE
  • Student voice, agency, research and participation in transnational contexts
  • Inter/multi/cross and trans-disciplinary research with student voice, agency, research and participation
    such as student engagement, leadership, representation etc

Upcoming Events:

2023 Student Voice Symposium

Partnership opportunities across the curriculum

In association with ACSV and REDI

The 2023 Student Voice Symposium will focus on “partnership opportunities”, across two focus areas: curriculum and pedagogy. This symposium will take on a different format to previous years, being spread across three days, over three weeks. Each webinar session will hear from a different expert in the field, followed by a Q&A session. Sessions 1 and 2 will take place after school hours, to encourage greater participation from those who are busy during school hours. The third session will take place in the morning, to allow participation from our international experts and for those who aren’t available for the first two sessions.

Session 1: What Student Voice looks like in educational settings

Wednesday 15th February 2023, 04.00 - 05.15pm AEDT

The first session will centre around history and impact. Feature a wide range of perspectives, from current student: Daniel Vo, 2022 graduates: Jade Frame and Linh Dang, and from a long-term expert: Roger Holdsworth. This panel discussion will unpack key milestones in the ‘history of student voice’ before turning to answer questions around the current perspectives within Australian schools.

Session 2: Provocations

Thursday 23rd February 2023, 04.00 - 05.15pm AEDT

The second session will speak to provocations within the student voice sector. This session will challenge the current operating model and the status quo, questioning how the education system can be improved, how it can grow for both the benefits of students and other stakeholders. This session will hear from a Master Teacher: Adam Brodie-McKenzie, Academics: Marie Brennan and Lew Zipin, and a recent graduate: Ahelee Rahman.

Session 3: Research Frameworks

Friday 3rd March 2023, 10.30 - 11.15am AEDT

The final session of this symposium will hear from Associate Professor Marc Brasof, an expert in student voice and civics education in the United States. Dr Brasof’s research focuses on democracy in schools through an intersection of student voice, project-based learning, and school-community partnerships. He has used his experience and research to develop a new framework for student voice, which he has published in his latest edited book: Student Voice Research: Theory, Methods, and Innovations from the Field.

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