YOUTH VOICE JOURNAL (YVJ) | ISSN: 2056-2969

Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is published by IARS Publications, a member of COPE. YVJ is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO Information Services and The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).

Jerusha O. Conner (2015) “Student Voice: A Field Coming of Age”

Purpose. In the last two decades, the term “student voice” has entered the everyday vocabulary of educators, and student voice initiatives are proliferating around the world.  As researchers attempt to keep pace with these new developments, it is imperative that they unify around shared definitions, terminology, and frameworks.  This manuscript is designed to support such an effort.

Approach. The paper offers a thematic and theoretical review, drawing on existing research.

Findings. Based on a comprehensive literature review, the paper constructs a clear overarching definition of student voice and clarifies the relationships between student voice and other fields in which the terminology of student voice features prominently. The paper also examines similarities and differences in existing student voice frameworks and proposes a new framework that delineates two important dimensions of student voice, heretofore under-theorized in relation to each other in the literature: power and preparation.

Implications. The paper raises implications for practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers who seek to understand what student voice is and how to support it.  

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Youth Voice Journal is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. In particular, the Journal aims to: - provide a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform debates around social policy through high quality research; - provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices; - actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal. Youth Voice Journal is published by IARS Publications and edited by Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

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IARS Publications is a not for profit independent, small publisher that was founded by Dr. Theo Gavrielides. It specialises in social sciences and research studies, has a  restorative justice series and it is also the publisher of the peer reviewed Youth Voice Journal.  

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