A Review of
"Student Leadership and Restructuring: A Case Study"
Meaningful Student Involvement Research Review by Adam Fletcher.
Leadership begins by exploring the irony of how schools encourage
students to take a leadership role in student activities and
participate in social change work through community service, yet
rarely considers engaging students in school change. The study
examines one school where students were engaged in dialogues with
educators and administrators about school change.
Through interviews, focus
groups, documentation of meetings and activities, document analysis,
and the involvement of students as researchers, this research
considered the following questions:
Roles that students played
within the school and why;
Who the students were that
tended to get involved;
How students were involved
in school reform efforts;
What was being done to
build capacity for student involvement, and;
How students, teachers, and
administrators viewed this involvement.
Many students want to
have a voice in what happens regarding their education, and Student
Leadership proves that contention. Throughout this report,
students exhibit a variety of important knowledge and opinions to
share about curriculum and instruction and are vocal about academic
and social injustices. Many of these views challenge teacher and
administrator thinking about what occurs in school. Student
Leadership illustrates that while meaningful student involvement
is not a panacea for every school's problems, it can lay the
groundwork for better relationships throughout schools.
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