“Kids Have Taught Me. I Listen to Them”: Principals Legitimizing Student Voice in Their Leadership

Osly J. Flores, Joonkil Ahn

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Abstract

Few studies have shared insights on how principals invite student voice to enact equitable leadership practice. The purpose of this study was to explore the ways in which principals demonstrated their commitment to equity via advocating for student voice using in-depth interview data from six school principals in the United States. We present three findings that contribute to the field of leadership and student voice: (a) motivation for student voice, (b) desires and concerns for student future, and (c) student voice for authentic learning. This study advances how school leaders develop student democratic agency and critical consciousness through pursuing and welcoming student voice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAERA Open
Volume10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2024

Keywords

  • equity
  • principals
  • school administration
  • student empowerment
  • student voice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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