Feature on Roger Holdsworth

Roger Holdsworth is one of the longest standing and most successful advocates and allies for student voice, student engagement and Meaningful Student Involvement in the world. Based in Sydney, Australia, his work is admired, learned from and shared globally by researchers, practitioners, students and others. He is also the publisher of the internationally respected journal Connect for Student Participationpublishing six editions per year from more than 35 years. Roger is widely sought after for his expertise in the areas of student voice, student engagement and student participation.

A longtime secondary school teacher focused on physics and math, Roger has been involved in dozens of highly innovative, student-led and student-driven projects in Australia. As a curriculum consultant and nonprofit youth director, Roger worked with several vibrant youth engagement programmes in Australia. In 1990, he joined the Australian Youth Research Centre at The University of Melbourne. As their manager, he wrote and assisted writing many reports and facilitated numerous research programmes. Since retiring in 2004, Roger continues consulting with a number of schools and keeps publishing Connect.

Roger Holdsworth Bibliography

  • Holdsworth, R. (2014) “Spaces for Partnerships. Teach the Teacher: student-led professional development for teachers,” Forum Vol 56 No 1; pp 67-78.
  • Holdsworth, R. (2011) “Young people’s engagement in education and community,” In Beadle, Sally; Holdsworth, Roger; Wyn, Johanna (eds) (2011) For we are young and … ? Young people in a time of uncertainty. MUP Academic Monographs, Melbourne University Publishing: Melbourne.
  • Holdsworth, R. (2010)  “Travelers and immigrants: European influences on Australian world music,” In Jordan, Seth (ed) (2010) World Music: Global sounds in Australia. University of NSW Press: Sydney.
  • Taylor, F.E., Walsh, L, Holdsworth, R.  (eds) (2010) Partnerships in the Youth Sector. Series: What Works: stories from around Australia. Foundation for Young Australians.
  • Taylor, F.E., Walsh, L, Holdsworth, R. (eds) (2010) Young People Active in Communities. (series: What Works: stories from around Australia; v. 2) Foundation for Young Australians.
  • Kimberley, Michael; Walsh, Lucas; Holdsworth, Roger.  (eds) (2010)  Inclusive Approaches with Young People. (series: What Works: stories from around Australia; v. 3) Foundation for Young Australians.
  • Holdsworth, R. and Tonson, J. (2010). Represent! An SRC resource kit for students and teachers. Victorian Student Representative Council and Office for Government School Education, Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: Melbourne.
  • Holdsworth, R. (2010) Transition and Engagement: Research Document 6. Student Wellbeing, Catholic Education Office: East Melbourne.
  • Holdsworth, Roger (2010) “Students Leading in Investigating and Enacting Values in School Communities,” in Terence Lovat, Ron Toomey and Neville Garner (eds) International Research Handbook on Values Education and Student Wellbeing, Springer: Dordrecht.
  • Holdsworth, R. and Blanchard, M. (2006) “Unheard Voices: Themes Emerging From Studies of the Views About Engagement of Young People With High Support Needs in the Area of Mental Health” 16(01):14 – 28.
  • Holdsworth, R. (2006) Student Action Teams: Implementing productive practices in Primary and School classrooms. Sydney: Connect Publications.
  • Holdsworth, R. (2005) Student Councils and Roger Holdsworth. Sydney: Connect Publications.
  • Holdworth, R. (2005) “Taking young people seriously means giving them serious things to Roger Holdsworth Children Taken Seriously” in Mason, J. and Fattore, T. (2005) Theory, Policy and Practice. pages 139-150; Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Thomson, P. and Holdsworth, R. (2003) “Theorizing change in the educational ‘field’: re‐readings of ‘student projects’,” International Journal of Leadership in Education 6(4):371-391. (December)
  • Holdsworth, R. (2000) “Schools that create real roles of value for young people,” Prospects 30(3):349-362. (September)
  • Hampel, B., Holdsworth, R. and Boldero, J. (1996) “Gender patterns in environmental consciousness,” Journal of Sociology 32(1):58-71. (March)
  • Hampel, B., Holdsworth, R. and Boldero, J. (1996) “The Impact of Parental Work Experience and Education on Knowledge, Concern and Behaviour among Adolescents,” Environmental Education Research 2(3):287-300. January.
  • Holdworth, R. (1985) Student Participation and the Participation and Equity Program. Commonwealth Schools Commission.


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