Student voice and teacher accountability: possibilities and problematics

Keddie, Amanda 2015, Student voice and teacher accountability: possibilities and problematics, Pedagogy, culture & society, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 225-244, doi: 10.1080/14681366.2014.977806.

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Title Student voice and teacher accountability: possibilities and problematics
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda
Journal name Pedagogy, culture & society
Volume number 23
Issue number 2
Start page 225
End page 244
Total pages 20
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1468-1366
Keyword(s) student voice
teacher accountability
teacher/student power relations
Summary The focus in this paper is on a student voice initiative at an English secondary school designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning. The initiative invites Year 8 students to train and work as ‘lesson observers’ who provide feedback to teachers about their practice. The possibilities of this initiative to reflect a rich and intelligent form of teacher accountability are explored in relation to its capacity to (1) enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of teachers, teaching and the learning process; (2) support students to work in partnership with teachers to improve pedagogy and relationships; and (3) develop students’ positive self-image as learners. In its exploration of this initiative the paper also considers matters of authenticity, inclusion and power and highlights ways in which student voice initiatives can be undermined when these matters are not adequately engaged with. Such engagement, it is argued, is imperative in guarding against a misappropriation or undermining of student voice to align with traditional teacher–student power relations or to fit with the dictates of school improvement as framed by narrow and reductive measures.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14681366.2014.977806
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies In Education not elsewhere classified
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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