Lessons from the Periphery: Engaging Boys in Core Disciplines Through Increased Student Voice and Choice

  • Boy Voice and Choice (2019-20)

For this action research project, I endeavored to explore whether my Grade 7 boys’ engagement could be increased by incorporating more elements of student voice and choice in a core academic discipline. I was particularly interested to see if the increased opportunities for developing student agency, more often found in the school periphery of extra-curricular activities, could potentially help address the aforementioned issue of boys’ disengagement as they progress through the “school engagement cliff” (Calderon & Yu, 2017) of Grade 7.