Impacts of Meaningful Student Involvement

When considering infusing Meaningful Student Involvement into school change, many educators want to know what exactly is going to happen. The following chart shows the major areas that MSI impacts. Send me an email if you’d like to see the research supporting each of these outcomes.

Type of Action
Areas that Meaningful Student Involvement Impacts
Student  as researchers
Examine interest in
subject, engagement in class, efficacy of methodology
Analyze student
involvement, policies engaging partners, Activities of improvement activities
Compare perceptions of
student voice, effects of training, attitudes towards achievement
as planners
Design program, learning
projects, classroom layout, personal learning goals
Develop new policy
recommendations, staff monitoring plan, school improvement process
Create classroom behavior
standards, student/teacher partnership activities
as  teachers
Use student/adult teaching
teams, student-centered methods, multiple intelligences
Provide professional
development re: student voice, student-led training for teachers
Model student-driven
learning throughout education, student voice in all school activities
as evaluators
Assess self, peers, teachers,
curricula, classes
Critically explore
policies and Activities absent of student voice
Contrast student/teacher
relationships, respect throughout school
as  decision-makers
Engage in classroom
management, resource allocation, and consensus
Develop positions on all
committees, reception mechanisms for adult leaders, committees for students
Authorize students to
mediate, create spaces for student interactions, facilitate student forums
as  advocates
Embrace student interests
and identities in program planning
Encourage broad
representation by nontraditional students
Provide “safe spaces” and
reception for self- and group-advocacy

The SoundOut website has featured examples of what each of these look like for almost a decade. Find them at

Published by Adam F.C. Fletcher

I'm a speaker, writer, trainer, researcher and advocate who researches, writes and shares about education, youth, and history.

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