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.


Children and student voice across all sectors SIG bursary


The Children and student voice across all sectors SIG has recently been formed and is keen to encourage emerging researchers and practitioners with an interest in this field, based in Australia and internationally, to attend the 2019 AARE conference. 

This bursary will aid an awardee to: 1) expand their knowledge in this field; 2) provide networking opportunities with colleagues who have an interest in this area; and 3) contribute significantly to future activities of the ‘Children and student voice across all sectors’ SIG. 


Funding round:2019

Applications due: 31 August

Awardee informed: by 9 September

Bursary amount: $500 towards conference fee, travel or accommodation cost only.


To be eligible for an award, the applicant must be an AARE member and either:

  • non-waged or low-waged
  • postgraduate student
  • early career researchers (in first 5 years since graduation of doctoral degree)
  • in sessional, short-term contract or part-time employment


This bursary is not available to those who have been awarded other funding or scholarships to attend the conference.

If you are presenting a paper at the conference, it must relate to the work of the Children and student voice across all sectors SIG.

Merit criteria

The children and student voice across all sectors panel will base the award on the awardee's contribution to the aims of this SIG at the 2019 AARE conference.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by a panel of people invited by the SIG convenors which is convened each year. The panel’s decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into. 

How to apply

To be considered for this bursary, expression of interest should be emailed to Manaia Chou-Lee ( and Trang Hoang ( with the subject line stating: Full name and Children and student voice SIG bursary.

The expression of interest (up to 300 words) must explain how the bursary will a) benefit the applicant and b) benefit the SIG group.