Foreword by: Susan Groundwater-Smith
Publication Date: October 28, 2022
This powerful resource is for researchers and educational leaders who are interested in understanding and applying research methods that emphasize youth voice. The authors argue that most educational research either omits critical understandings of youth or, even worse, presents inaccuracies due to faulty techniques. Researching how youth experience their schools and communities requires specific conceptual tools that address researcher bias, power dynamics, and the contextual considerations that impact meaning-making processes. Responding to these issues, the authors present the Student Voice Research Framework—an approach that both novice and advanced researchers can use to address assumptions and overcome bias as they engage with youth. Readers are provided with clear steps for implementing the framework, as well as examples of how some of the most innovative qualitative and quantitative researchers in the world are using it. The text includes numerous interview, survey, and other protocols with strategies that researchers can use immediately or adapt for their own studies. This comprehensive volume is a must-have for anyone doing research about and with youth.
Marc Brasof is an associate professor of education, director of secondary social studies and English education, and the Rosemary and Walter Blankley Endowed Chair in Education at Arcadia University. Joseph Levitan is an assistant professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University.
“This book recognizes students as the consequential stakeholders who bear the burden of decisions most often made by others…Finding the means to negotiate power relationships is a core theme of this impressive collection and is embedded in the Student Voice Research Framework…Each chapter requires a careful and critical reading."
—From the Foreword by Susan Groundwater-Smith, Honorary Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney
“Marc Brasof and Joseph Levitan have done the field of student voice research a remarkable service by creating a critical resource at a time of dynamic flux and turbulence. Their insightful framework, effectively illustrated by their contributors, holds promise not only for researchers but for all of us who work for equity and democracy in education and society at large.”
—Steven Jay Gross, professor emeritus of educational leadership, College of Education and Human Development, Temple University