In this practitioner perspective, we explore the concept of student agency through the implementation of a student government association in a laboratory middle school. Interviews with a social studies teacher and her students offer perspectives of the impact of student voice and choice for student experiences. We describe three major lessons learned through this implementation process: students learn to have healthy conflict and cooperative skills; students learn the appropriate processes to enact change in a democratic society; and students learn to conduct service for their peers, school, and community.
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Pinter, Holly Henderson; Bloom, Lisa; Broyhill, Amie; and Winter, Kim K.
"Fostering Student Agency to Build a Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community Approach,"
Middle Grades Review: Vol. 5
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uvm.edu/mgreview/vol5/iss3/6