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Collecting student voices is not the kind of rigorous research on which we can make decisions.

As the field of learner experience research grows, are the methods which are gaining in popularity...

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28 April 2010

As the field of learner experience research grows, are the methods which are gaining in popularity suitable? Are learner voices powerful drivers for change or little more than highly selected anecdotes?

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Shalni Gulati
12:43pm 29 April 2010

Collecting students' voices is significant part of teaching and learning developments and educational research. It is important to understand student expectations and needs and take these into account when designing learning opportunities and spaces. However how this data is used infleunces whether it contributes to evidence and research base for educational developments.


Martin Oliver
12:59pm 29 April 2010 (Edited 12:59pm 29 April 2010)

I'd suggest that highly selected anecdotes can be powerful drivers for change. 

That aside, yes; it's true that individual cases don't give a picture of the prevalence of particular practices or opinions. However, just being aware that something happens (i.e. at least one case can be described) is still better than relying on prejudice. If multiple cases can be provided, that helps to sketch out a 'space' of possibilities (a range, a variety), even if it doesn't tell you how common any particular one is.

Amanda Jefferies
1:06pm 29 April 2010

While one voice may not be listened to, multiple voices from different sources can be a very powerful tool to support a point of view. In the STROLL project we found  that the individual students in their  video diaries separately made the same key points about their use of technology for learning over and over again.

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