Summer 8-15-2016



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Trish Harvey

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Kaleb Hartje

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Nicole Dimich Vagle


The research question addressed in this study was, according to high school students, how does meeting students’ needs and honoring student voice affect the learning experience? By focusing on the learning experience within the context of students’ needs and voice, this research project aimed to understand the school experience through the student perspective and equip educators with the knowledge of practices deemed most profound in hopes of creating a classroom environment that not only enhances the learning experience, but also increases learner success. Through the collection of student surveys, interviews, and school data reports, findings indicated the average satisfaction of all deficiency, growth, and student voice needs combined is 62%. Both study results and current research indicate significant relationships between student needs and the learning experience. There is compelling evidence to suggest that increased satisfaction of student needs would lead to increased achievement.

Research Methodology

Case Study, Interview, Survey


Student Needs, Student Voice, Maslow's Hierarchy, Glasser's Choice Theory

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