The Ninth Grade Experience: Examining the Role of Student Voice in the School Reform Process

Christopher Bitgood, University of Rhode Island

Abstract

This study examined the emergence of student voice during the school reform process, and documented the efforts made by school leadership to collaboratively work with students to change a pressing problem of educational practice, specifically, difficulties encountered by ninth graders. A small group of ninth grade students worked with school leaders to develop a ninth-grade improvement plan for implementation. The study employed participatory action research (PAR) to merge scholarship and praxis to affect educational change. The goal of this study was to broaden the scope of school leadership, public scholarship, and student advocacy by engaging students in a democratic dialogue about the difficulties they experience in ninth grade, a crucial year in K-12 schooling. Previous researchers suggested engaging students in school reform efforts to help improve high school culture and practice.^

Subject Area

Educational leadership|Education policy|Educational philosophy

Recommended Citation

Christopher Bitgood, "The Ninth Grade Experience: Examining the Role of Student Voice in the School Reform Process" (2018). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI10789933.
https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/dissertations/AAI10789933

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