The intersection between brain research and Meaningful Student Involvement is becoming clearer with time and more commitment from researchers.
What It Is
Brain research routinely demonstrates that even the youngest of students have the capacity to participate in critical deconstruction of the learning activities, teaching styles, and curriculum content they’re taught. That shows that its really not a case of whether students are ready to be engaged in fixing schools; instead, its whether adults are actually capable of engaging them in doing so.
Students of all ages and capabilities are being engaged as partners with adults in improving schools increasingly throughout schools.
Where Meaningful Student Involvement Fits
Research shows a variety of brain issues are affected positively by Meaningful Student Involvement, including student ownership, student agency, motivation and more. This means that when paired with student/adult partnerships, a variety of strategies can greatly enhance classrooms and schools.
- McCombs, B. “Developing Responsible and Autonomous Learners: A Key to Motivating Students,” American Psychological Association.