Students4Change: Student Voice in organizing education differently

Schools are looking for ways to better align with students' intrinsic motivation and different learning needs. The principle of Student Voice offers valuable perspectives: students are actively involved in designing education. How can we organize this?


Student Voice in practice is often still limited. Pupils can give advice, but are not allowed to participate in decisions about, for example, learning objectives. Together with secondary schools and teacher training colleges, we are investigating how we can organize education differently through Student Voice – with students as co-owner and co-designer of education – so that students are more motivated to learn at school.


  • Developing and sharing knowledge about and for organizing educational processes differently with the voice of the student
  • Expansion and sustainability of the knowledge network with expertise utilization


01 September 2022 - 31 August 2026


The Student Voice (SV) didactic approach is developed in co-creation with teachers and students in an ongoing professionalization process with accompanying research based on design-based research. Learning Design Studios are used for this.

HU researchers involved in the research

Cooperation with knowledge partners

In this project, Hogeschool Utrecht is collaborating with:

  • Open University
  • Fontys University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Arnhem and Nijmegen
  • Central Limburg Education Foundation
  • Meridian Training School
  • Quadram Foundation
  • Trion Training School

Within Hogeschool Utrecht, various study programs from the Institute of Social Work and the Archimedes Institute are involved in the project.