Renewable resources : using students for school improvement

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Seguin, Darryl Raymond
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2003
The purpose of this study is to describe how a student leadership option class at the junior high level can be used to improve the atmosphere in schools. This particular study was conducted using an action research approach to highlight efforts to modify the current junior high leadership option course at a small rural school in Alberta to help students become more involved in leadership activities that positively affected the atmosphere in the school. Students in the course had the freedom to use their individual talents and skills to carry out projects and activities that enhanced the atmosphere in the school. The students in the leadership course were involved in school enhancement projects, reflective journal writing, social skills teaching, civic responsibilities, the study of literature in regards to outstanding leaders, and peer teaching opportunities. Activities were completed individually and in small groups. By using children as resources to improve the atmosphere in the school, ownership, responsibility, and accountability developed in the students. As these characteristics developed, more appropriate behavior resulted and a better learning environment was created. The junior high students became more positive role models for the younger children in the school as they learned the importance of setting a positive example. Students behaved more responsibly as they learned more about their role in the school and how their daily, individual choices affected the entire school. Students enjoyed their school year more by attending a school where respect, responsibility, and ownership were taught and practiced.
vi, 71 leaves ; 29 cm. --
Junior high school students -- Alberta , Junior high schools -- Alberta , School improvement programs -- Alberta