Voice and Participation of ‘Student Cabinet’ in School Activities through the Development of ‘Teamwork’: A Case Study of a Government Secondary School in Bangladesh

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  • Md Khairul Islam Associate Professor, Institute of Education and Research (IER), University of Dhaka, Dhaka

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/ssr.v37i2.56517

Keywords:

Students’ voice and participation, ‘student cabinet’, ‘teamwork’, action research, secondary school, Bangladesh.

Abstract

Students’ voice and participation in teaching -learning practices in the classrooms and in schools are central in promoting Democratic Citizenship Education (DCE). Aiming to increase the practices of democratic values through education, in 2015 the government of Bangladesh enacted ‘student cabinet’ in secondary schools in Bangladesh. Through the development of a qualitative case study with an action research component, this study explores how the engagement of ‘student cabinet’ in school activities could be established through the development of ‘teamwork’. Data were collected from the head teacher, two classroom teachers, two group of students and the members of ‘student cabinet’ using semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions and field notes. Findings suggest that while the ‘student cabinet’ was not effectively functioning in the school, involvement of its members, the teachers and the head teacher in planning and implementing the activities of the ‘student cabinet’ through collaborative action research influenced positive changes. ‘Strategy of working as a team rather than individuals’ showed potentials for improving the engagement of ‘student cabinet’ in the school activities and developing sense of connectedness with the school community. Findings have implications in promoting DCE through student representative bodies in schools in Bangladesh and other contexts.

Social Science Review, Vol. 37(2), Dec 2020 Page 183-199

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2021-11-20

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Islam, M. K. . (2021). Voice and Participation of ‘Student Cabinet’ in School Activities through the Development of ‘Teamwork’: A Case Study of a Government Secondary School in Bangladesh. Social Science Review, 37(2), 183–199. https://doi.org/10.3329/ssr.v37i2.56517

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