The Importance of Student Leadership Roles in
the Learning Process
By Meesh Hammer-Kossoy, Daniel Segal, and
The value of encouraging students to take roles of
responsibility and leadership on a school wide level in ways
such as school government and special events planning has long
been recognized. This Hebrew paper studies and makes
several recommendations about how these techniques can be
implemented in classroom learning. Active student
participation increases motivation and makes learning more fun.
It can also help the internalization of the material more
effectively. Furthermore, when students take
responsibility for learning within the classroom they are able
to build character, group and leadership skills as well as learn
the formal material. This paper investigates the values
and impediments of these methods through secondary literature as
well as empirical study.
Three Israeli schools were visited, Keshet and Pelekh in
Jerusalem and Gordon in Tel Aviv. Practical
recommendations are made. Specifically, these
techniques are best introduced in a graded fashion and in
schools in which the overall framework is supportive.
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