Pupil consultation can lead to a transformation of teacher-pupil relationships, to significant improvements in teachers' practices, and to pupils having a new sense of themselves as members of a community of learners. In England, pupil involvement is at the heart of current government education policy and is a key dimension of both citizenship education and personalised learning.
Drawing on research carried out as part of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme, Improving Learning through Consulting Pupils discusses the potential of consultation as a strategy for signalling a more partnership-oriented relationship in teaching and learning. It also examines the challenges of introducing and sustaining consultative practices. Topics covered include:
the centrality of consultation about teaching and learning in relation to broader school level concerns;
teaching approaches that pupils believe help them to learn and those that obstruct their learning;
teachers' responses to pupil consultation - what they learn from it, the changes they can make to their practice and the difficulties they can face;
the things that can get in the way of pupils trusting in consultation as something that can make a positive difference.
While consultation is flourishing in many primary schools, the focus here is on secondary schools where the difficulties of introducing and sustaining consultation are often more daunting but where the benefits of doing so can be substantial. This innovative book will be of interest to all those concerned with improving classroom learning.
Jean Rudduck and Donald McIntyre were both Professors of Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. Both of them retired in 2004, but continued to work. Sadly, Jean Rudduck died on 28 March 2007, shortly after completing this book, and Donald McIntyre died on 16 October 2007, just before it was published.
Part 1: What is Consultation and Why is it Important? 1.1. The Growth of the `Pupil Voice Movement' and What it Endorses 1.2. The Project's Aims and Design 1.3. Elements of the Project 1.4. The Project's Difficulty in Resisting the Temptation to Move Outside the Classroom and Away from Teaching and Learning Part 2: What Does the Project Tell Us? 2.1. Strategies for Consultation 2.2. What Pupils Say About Teaching and Learning 2.3. Teachers' Responses to What Pupils Say 2.4. The Impact on Pupils, Teachers and Schools 2.5. The Impact on Teacher-Pupil Relationships 2.6. Developing the Work in Schools and Classroom 2.7. Constraints Part 3: The Implications: Towards a Theory of Learning Appendix: How the Research was Carried Out