Children and student voice across all sectors

Aims of SIG

  • To provide a safe space for researchers to discuss openly:
    • 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
    • trans and multi-disciplinary perspectives around student voice
  • To build a support base for emerging HDR scholars
  • To strengthen research ties and networks locally, nationally and transnationally


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.

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

Proposed activities

  • Networking events
  • A yearly symposium at AARE
  • Online forum via google group
  • Collaboration activities with other SIGs
  • Hosting a conference or workshop/seminar
  • An email group
  • Quarterly online meetings to share information and collaborate for future AARE (and international
    affiliates) symposiums and/or publications.