Chapter 8: Student leadership: working within, between, and against institutional structures in education
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How we conceptualise student leadership informs how we enact and support the pursuit of a more democratic and socially just world. This chapter reviews three forms of student leadership in relation to institutional structures in education. The first, well-established form is student participation in formal governance, which occurs within institutional structures. The second, student-staff pedagogical partnership, supports an emerging form of student leadership that transpires in liminal spaces between institutional structures. This form can enable engagement and change both within and beyond the spaces of partnership. The third, student-led strikes, calls for and can catalyse radical change by working against formal institutional structures. We offer a general discussion of each form of student leadership in compulsory schooling and higher education and an illustrative example of each from our particular higher-education context. Our recommendations reference all three forms of student leadership and offer an example that ties all three together.

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