Including University Student Voices within School Governance: Recommendations from a Collaborative Model Perspective

By Chun-Wen Lin.

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The effectiveness and quality of university student voices within school governance has been questioned in the literature because of the university students’ experiences in school council, students’ motivation and campus environment. Therefore, this paper aims to explore the current status of university student participation in school governance and make recommendations from collaborative model’s perspective. First, the author reviews and discusses the effectiveness, restrictions, and improvement of university student participation in school governance from literature review. Secondly, interviews with the university administrative staff responsible for school governance and the presidents of Committee of Student Affairs representing student voices are used to illustrate and investigate the current status of student participation in university governance. The data are used to raise critical questions about the impact and effects of university student voices in school governance in light of the current literature and research about university students’ role in school governance. Thirdly, on the basic of analyses of interview, focus group, and literature review, the author identified several findings from several aspects of students, committee of student Affairs, university staffs, university, regulations and government. Lastly, on the basic of these finding, the author offers practical recommendations from a collaborative model perspective for a university seeking to establish partnership programs to including student voices within university governance, to enhance student-university partnerships and to build stronger ties between students and university in the future.

Keywords: University Student, Student Voice, Student Participation, School Governance, Collaborative Model

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp.41-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 638.920KB).

Prof. Chun-Wen Lin

Assistant Professor, Department of Child Care, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Neipu, Taiwan

Chun-wen Lin is an assistant professor in the Department of Child Care at the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, 1, Shuefu Rd., Neipu, Pingtung 912. Her area of specialization is in early childhood educational policy, educational administration and educational law. She is also interested in science education,indigenous education and distant education.

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