Impacts of Meaningful Student Involvement

When considering infusing Meaningful Student Involvement into school change, many educators want to know what exactly is going to happen. The following chart shows the major areas that MSI impacts. Send me an email if you’d like to see the research supporting each of these outcomes.

Type of Action

Major Areas that Meaningful Student Involvement Impacts




Student  as researchers

Examine interest in subject, engagement in class, efficacy of methodology

Analyze student involvement, policies engaging partners, Activities of improvement activities

Compare perceptions of student voice, effects of training, attitudes towards achievement

Students as planners

Design program, learning projects, classroom layout, personal learning goals

Develop new policy recommendations, staff monitoring plan, school improvement process

Create classroom behavior standards, student/teacher partnership activities

Students as  teachers

Use student/adult teaching teams, student-centered methods, multiple intelligences

Provide professional development re: student voice, student-led training for teachers

Model student-driven learning throughout education, student voice in all school activities

Students as evaluators

Assess self, peers, teachers, curricula, classes

Critically explore policies and Activities absent of student voice

Contrast student/teacher relationships, respect throughout school

Students as  decision-makers

Engage in classroom management, resource allocation, and consensus

Develop positions on all committees, reception mechanisms for adult leaders, committees for students only

Authorize students to mediate, create spaces for student interactions, facilitate student forums

Students as  advocates

Embrace student interests and identities in program planning

Encourage broad representation by nontraditional students

Provide “safe spaces” and reception for self- and group-advocacy

The SoundOut website has featured examples of what each of these look like for almost a decade. Find them at
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Published by Adam F.C. Fletcher

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