Episode 3

Published on:

22nd Nov 2021

Student Voice and Action Research with Marc I. Brasof

In this episode, we invited Dr. Marc Brasof, an Associate Professor at the School of Education, Arcadia University to talk about student voice research and how this paradigm may interweave (or not) with Action Research. Dr. Brasof was a founding faculty member and history/social studies teacher at Constitution High School—Pennsylvania's only history- and civic-themed public school. We also have a special guest co-host, our very own Vanessa Gold, whose dissertation research focuses specifically on Student Voice and Action Research!

We cover a range of themes centering student voice and action research in this episode, such as reflexivity, power dynamics, intersubjectivity, and contextualizing methods to the environment. The conversation starts with Vanessa asking hard hitting questions in our lightening round (5:11). She asks about Student Voice Research, some misconceptions about student voice, the importance of adults collaborating with youth in research, what high quality research with students looks like/does, and how student voice and action research may be aligned. Later in the episode, our hosts and Marc discuss four pillars of student voice research-reflexivity, power dynamics, intersubjectivity, and context/method selection; what is Reflexivity and how it evolves in student voice research(10:32), how does power dynamics look like considering researchers’ positionality (13:50), how researcher go about method selection with students? (37:16). Tune in to listen more!


Brasof, M. (2015). Student voice and school governance: Distributing leadership to youth and adults. Routledge. 

Brasof, M. (2018).Using Linkage Theory to Address the Student Voice Organizational Improvement Paradox. Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership, 1(Special Issue), 44–64. 

Brasof, M. (2011). Student Input Improves Behavior, Fosters Leadership. Phi Delta Kappan, 93(2), 20–24. https://doi.org/10.1177/003172171109300205

Lareau, A. (2018). Journeys through ethnography: Realistic accounts of fieldwork. Routledge.

To get in touch with Marc:

Twitter handles:@brasof Twitter, @stereotytans IG and Twitter

Link- http://stereotytans.com/the-band.htmlhttps://www.facebook.com/brasof

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About the Podcast

The Action Research Podcast
Somehow, the first podcast dedicated solely to Action Research.
In the first podcast dedicated solely to Action Research, Adam and Joe do a deep dive into the lives, experiences, philosophies, and - of course - investigations of the most well respected action researchers in the field. Hear about their greatest successes and failures, and learn about what makes Action Research unique. If you are passionate about social change, engage in research, or are a budding scholar then this is the perfect podcast for you.

Intended mostly for those interested in research and social change, The Action Research Podcast aims to offer unique and valuable insights for the field through accessible and engaging conversations about the “what” “why” and “how” of Action Research.

The Action Research Team:
Adam Stieglitz, Co-host
Joe Levitan, Co-host
Shikha Diwakar, Production Manager
Vanessa Gold, Sound technician and voice-over specialist

About your host

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Adam Stieglitz & Joe Levitan

Adam is the Co-Founder and Director of the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development. He holds a PhD from the University of Louisville

Joe is the Co-founder and Director of the Pallata Community Education Center and an Associate Professor at McGill University