Experiential Education and Meaningful Student Involvement

Since it is one of the things that can make student involvement meaningful, experiential education is a at the center of Meaningful Student Involvement. Experiential education is any learning that happens through direct experience, whether it has intentionally stated learning goals or whether learning remains nebulous, interpretive or unspoken. Students create knowledge, skills and values from active, […]

Students as Education Advocates

Meaningful Student Involvement can infuse roles for students as education advocates throughout learning, teaching and leadership. Following is an introduction to this practice, as well as some details, stories and resources.   INTRODUCTION Student advocacy has a long history going back to at least the 1930s, when a youth-led group called the American Youth Congress presented a […]

Students as Decision-Makers

  Meaningful Student Involvement highlights roles for students as systemic decision-makers. Following is an introduction to these roles, some details, stories and resources.   INTRODUCTION “Schools are compulsory for about ten years of a person’s life. They are, perhaps, the only compulsory institutions for all citizens, although those with full membership in schools are not yet […]

Students as Learning Evaluators

Meaningful Student Involvement can feature roles for students as learning evaluators. Following is an introduction to these opportunities, including details, stories and resources.   INTRODUCTION On one level, teachers are always listening to students’ opinions, checking for comprehension, and whether they have accomplished a task. Another level is reflected in the barrage of student surveys conducted, and the […]

Students as Teachers

Meaningful Student Involvement should engage students as teachers. Following is an introduction to these roles, some details, stories and resources. INTRODUCTION “There is, in fact, no teaching without learning.” (Freire, 1998) This is as true for students as it is for adult educators. However, since teaching is not the exclusive domain of adults, we know that not […]