The American Educator Panels
Jul 3, 2018
In this Data Note, the authors use nationally representative survey response data from the 2021 Learn Together Surveys (LTS) to examine the extent to which secondary teachers and school leaders take student voice into account in their practices at the classroom and school levels. Drawing on their analysis of LTS data, the authors look at three aspects of student voice in schools and conclude with implications and policy recommendations.
Findings from the 2021 Learn Together Surveys
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Providing an avenue for students to share their perceptions and opinions of their learning environment with educators makes the process of teaching and learning more reciprocal and can address issues of inequity by giving students the opportunity to participate in and influence decisions that will affect their lives and those of their peers. When asked to voice their perceptions, students can provide insights into information and relationships that adults in the school do not have access to, while also generating higher levels of student engagement in learning.
In this Data Note, the authors use nationally representative survey response data from the 2021 Learn Together Surveys (LTS) to examine the extent to which secondary teachers and school leaders take student voice into account in their practices at the classroom and school levels. The 2021 LTS introduced the topic of student voice and asked about the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on teachers' and school leaders' consideration of student voice to inform their practices.
Drawing on responses from 3,605 6th- to 12th-grade teachers and 1,686 middle and high school leaders, the authors compare teacher and school leader responses across various school-level characteristics, including instructional mode during the 2020–2021 school year (in-person, hybrid, or remote), school free and reduced-price lunch enrollment, and race/ethnicity of the student population. The authors conclude with implications and policy recommendations based on their analysis.
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