Student Voice: A Study of the Impact of Increased Student Voice on Student Perception of Learning Environment

Bette Jo Babcock, Olivet Nazarene University

Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2011 for Olivet Nazarene University.


The study was designed to determine if students were given more voice in school-related issues, would they be more motivated to learn (engagement), feel a stronger sense of belonging (self-worth), and take on more ownership for their own learning (sense of purpose). A committee made up of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students was created to provide collaboration between students and school staff. The study included both quantitative and qualitative data. The results indicated that engagement was not significantly impacted, but self-worth and sense of purpose had mixed support. The findings showed that each grade level was affected differently.