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Understanding Schooling Through the Eyes of Students

Understanding Schooling Through the Eyes of Students

© 2016 | 280 pages | Corwin

Peer through the eyes of students. See school their way.

When we act on what students show us, valued outcomes follow. Students know best what engages and bores them and can offer dynamic insight into how to pique their best. When we know how to listen, we learn to increase interest, motivation, and overall achievement through academic press and a supportive culture.

This book shows readers how to tap into student insight and adjust thinking to see education and learning through their eyes. Experience new levels of engagement and growth as you learn to:

  • Build a culture of support, safety, and membership through academic excellence
  • Nurture the growth of engaged teaching

See things their way and transform your learning environment into a challenging, cohesive, and satisfying model for growth and outcome. 

"Missing far too long from the school improvement literature is the students’ perspective. Joe Murphy demands that leaders learn to look through students’ eyes to better understand the gaps and opportunities for school improvement and creating positive relationships in which students can flourish. This book lays out the theory and research that undergirds developing a student perspective, and provides strategies and approaches for leaders that should become essential to their preparation and practice."
Terry Orr, Director of Future School Leaders Academy
Bank Street College of Education

"For 40 years educators have sought answers to the question: how do school leaders ‘make a difference’? This quest has taken us in many directions, but few scholars thought to look through the ‘eyes of students’. In this book Murphy provides a missing piece to this important puzzle."
Philip Hallinger, Professor
Chulalongkorn University

Part One: Seeing Student Eyes
Poem: Drowned But Not Dead #1
Chapter 1: The Centrality of Student-Teacher Relationships
Chapter 2: Understanding Student Eyes
Part Two: Student Views of Culture
Poem: A Good School #1
Chapter 3: Care
Chapter 4: Support, Safety, and Membership
Part Three: Student Views of the Academic Program
Poem: A Good School #2
Chapter 5: Engaging Teaching
Chapter 6: Constructed Learning
Part four: Evidence on Student Views
Poem: High School #1
Chapter 7: Students Have it Right
Key features
-- importance
-- ways of getting student perspectives
-- firmness of knowledge base
-- pressures pushing "eyes" work to center stage
-- history
-- benefits
CHAPTER 2: Students' Views of the Academic Program
CHAPTER 3: Students' Views of School Climate
CHAPTER 4: Students' Views of Teachers
CHAPTER 5: Students’ views of Peers

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