What can a conception of power do? Theories and images of power in student voice work

*This is a pre-release of an article featured in the forthcoming Spring 2017 issue of the International Journal of Student Voice. 


  • This article brings together high school students, teachers, and researchers to think about the issue of power in student voice work.
  • Each author uses a metaphor or a theory to explain how they think about power in schools and in student voice work.
  • The authors, at times, have different ideas about power relations in student voice work.
  • We argue that the way we think about power has effects on what we see, feel and do in student voice work.

Keywords: student voice, power, theory, metaphor

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