Student voice and Agency is a concept tied closely to our earlier topics of metacognition and self-regulation; providing meaningful and authentic voice and agency becomes so important when students develop a capacity to know what works best for their own learning.
The Science of Learning School’s Partnership Initiative brings together Melbourne University researchers with teachers and school leaders to improve educational outcomes in schools.
Please click the links below to access our blog series on learning science research, and how it applies to the classroom.
As part of our series on learning science research, and how it applies to the classroom, we will be taking a deep dive into a handful of recent learning science research papers. While looking into some current research, we will pull out practical recommendations that can be implemented into the classroom.
Not all questions are created equal. Read our blog on exploring higher-order questioning using the SOLO taxonomy
The evidence is clear that metacognition and self-regulated learning can accelerate student learning, but what does this look like in the classroom?
This term we are trying something a little different, and instead of providing an hour-long online keynote where a researcher describes their work to you, we have asked Professor Lorraine Graham from MGSE and Lynn Alder from the University of New England to create an online resource that lets you apply their work on the 3H Strategy in your classrooms. This is a mnemonic strategy that helps students answer comprehension questions. It is suitable for middle school students and the toolkit helps you understand this strategy and implement it in your classroom. The toolkit includes sample passages and questions, a lesson plan, prompt cards and other resources. It can be accessed at: https://solcnetwork.com/the-3h-strategy/
Online Evening Forum on the 30th of May
Please follow the link to access the Google Form: Planning a pilot program in using Student Voice
Resources from our second Intensive on the 6th of May
In this presentation Sophie Murphy defines student voice and student agency and discusses how a strong sense of agency can support student learning. Sophie provides practical strategies that you can use to enhance student voice and student agency in the classroom.
Resources from our first Intensive on the 25th of February
Resources from Tom Cain and Luke Mandouit’s workshop on student voice:
- Tom Cain’s Presentation on Student Voice in Schools
- What is Student Voice and Student Agency?
- Grouping Cards
- Self-Assessment and Improvement Tool
- Graphic Organiser
We would also appreciate if you could provide us with feedback by following this link to a google form survey.
Science of Learning Blogs and Vlogs
- Showcasing innovative education research and interventions from around the world
The feedback that parents and teachers give to children can become internalised as self-talk.
Watch the first of our video blogs, which features Luke Mandouit’s insightful interview with Aisling Mulvihill, an expert on attention, self-talk, and self-regulation.
Teachers are constantly giving their students feedback. The problem is that students often don’t receive it. So how can we improve both the feedback that we give and the capacity of our learners to receive and act upon feedback?
In this interview, Luke Mandouit from the University of Melbourne discussed effective classroom feedback practices with Dr Cam Brooks from the University of Queensland.
An Educational Intervention Turning Young People into Published Authors in One Week
Writing a novel is hard for anyone, but for children or teenagers to work together to write, edit, and publish one in five days seems impossible. Yet one research team in the UK is allowing them to do just that through an innovative program called ‘White Water Writers.’ The program has been run with children, teenagers, and young adults in schools, universities, foster homes, and prison. Their voices and personal experiences are crafted into their stories and the novels are published and available for purchase online. The success of authorship provides young people with new skills, friendships, and motivation for future accomplishments.