Pupil consultation can lead to a transformation of teacher-pupil relationships, to significant improvements in teachers' practices, and to pupils having a new sense of themselves as members of a community of learners. In England, pupil involvement is at the heart of current government education policy and is a key dimension of both citizenship education and personalised learning.
Drawing on research carried out as part of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme, Improving Learning through Consulting Pupils discusses the potential of consultation as a strategy for signalling a more partnership-oriented relationship in teaching and learning. It also examines the challenges of introducing and sustaining consultative practices. Topics covered include:
While consultation is flourishing in many primary schools, the focus here is on secondary schools where the difficulties of introducing and sustaining consultation are often more daunting but where the benefits of doing so can be substantial. This innovative book will be of interest to all those concerned with improving classroom learning.
'The growth of the pupil voice agenda in schools, and within research communities, means that this type of synthesis of ideas, alongside an evidence-base, was much needed.' - Learning and Teaching Update
Part 1: What is Consultation and Why is it Important? 1.1. The Growth of the ‘Pupil Voice Movement’ and What it Endorses 1.2. The Project’s Aims and Design 1.3. Elements of the Project 1.4. The Project’s Difficulty in Resisting the Temptation to Move Outside the Classroom and Away from Teaching and Learning Part 2: What Does the Project Tell Us? 2.1. Strategies for Consultation 2.2. What Pupils Say About Teaching and Learning 2.3. Teachers’ Responses to What Pupils Say 2.4. The Impact on Pupils, Teachers and Schools 2.5. The Impact on Teacher-Pupil Relationships 2.6. Developing the Work in Schools and Classroom 2.7. Constraints Part 3: The Implications: Towards a Theory of Learning Appendix: How the Research was Carried Out
The Improving Learning series showcases findings from projects within ESRC’s Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) – the UK’s largest ever coordinated educational research initiative. Each book is explicitly designed to support ‘evidence-informed’ decisions in educational practice and policy-making. In particular, they combine rigorous social and educational science with high awareness of the significance of the issues being researched.