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From Article 12 to Student Voice and beyond - making children's rights real in the English classroom

Author(s) McCallum, A.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
This paper draws on the experience of teaching on a rights-respecting teacher training course to explore how students training to be English teachers to 11-16 year olds can draw on Article 12 of the UNCRC, which states that “the child who is capable of forming his or her own views [has] the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child”. In doing so it examines the possibilities offered to English teachers by the term ‘student voice’, generally used as shorthand for Article 12. It suggests that trainees must explore how to enable the articulation and reception of student voices within their teaching, but it also contends that they need to extend their notion of voice beyond that of the students to take into account a ‘community of voices’ at play in the classroom, made up of student voice, teacher voice, narrative voice and critical voice.

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