Collaborating with students: Building youth-adult partnerships in schools.

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This article examines the process of adults and students collaborating in schoolbased learning communities. Drawing on interview data from youth and adults participating in student voice initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area, this study examines contexts that enable "youth-adult partnerships" in schools, including (1) fostering trust and respect among group members, (2) creating meaningful (not equal) roles, (3) building the capacity for youth and adults to successfully fulfill their roles, and (4) establishing a group size that is not too small and not too large. The article concludes by examining how youth-adult partnerships can help improve understanding of school-based collaborations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-436
Number of pages30
JournalAmerican Journal of Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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