Student voice: theorising power and participation

Taylor, C. and Robinson, Carol (2009) Student voice: theorising power and participation Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 17 (2). pp. 161-175. ISSN 1468-1366

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The paper considers theoretical notions of power in relation to student voice. As an action-oriented practice some aspects of student voice have received little theorisation as yet. This paper aims to contribute to a growing body of work on student voice which is addressing its current theoretical under-elaboration. It does so by concentrating on the dimension of power. The central argument is that power is a significant factor in shaping both the philosophical underpinnings of student voice work and the practical assumptions which are made about what is possible in student voice work. It focuses on the British context, and examines the theoretical legacy student voice has inherited from radical pedagogy, placing a critical spotlight on the notions of ‘empowerment’ and ‘dialogue’. It ends with a consideration of postmodernist notions of power which it is argued provides the opportunity to examine more critically the way in which power conditions what is possible in student voice work.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: student voice; empowerment; dialogue; power; postmodernism
Subjects: X000 Education
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/14681360902934392
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > School of Education > Education Research Centre
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2010
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2015 10:44

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