Masters Thesis

Students as stakeholders: a more sustainable approach to education

This qualitative research study focused on students as stakeholders. The research question consisted of how do students benefit from their participation as stakeholders in the school context? The ultimate goal in asking questions regarding students’ influence as stakeholder is to work to empower students to form and shape their civic voices to uphold the future of democracy. Seven former student leaders from Omega High School’s Leadership class were interviewed. Data analysis highlighted three key themes: student leaders’ experiences as student leaders, the importance of community and communication, and importance of the Leadership class’ purposeful structure. Findings from the study suggest that by incorporating students as stakeholders in the Leadership class, students had an increased connection to their schools, and continued to be involved in their communities after high school. Recommendations for schools seeking to increase student voice are made.