Welcome to the LEARN research page! Our goal is to provide a wide range of resources that support members of the larger design community in their work to design, improve, and transform the diverse learning environments needed for our complex world. A wide net is cast that includes peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, white papers, and “toolkits” that are anchored to the LEARN model. Generally, the articles and resources are freely accessible; a few do require registration and payment. The article summaries provide the criteria for selection, the key takeaway, and a summary and insight narrative description. Written in accessible language, the goal is to tell the story in a way that engages the reader. Resources will be added continuously; thank you for your interest in pursuing better, safer, and engaging learning environments for students and the adults who serve them.
Dawson Orr, Ph.D.
Cobb, F. & Krownapple, J. (2019) Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity
A great introduction to the work (and resources) from the authors of Belonging through a Culture of Dignity!
Mitra, D. & Serriere, S. (2012) Student Voice in Elementary School Reform: Examining Youth Development in Fifth Graders
This incredible case study tells the story of “the Salad Girls,” six fifth-grade girls who change the traditional salad served at their school lunch.
Evans, M. & Boucher, A. (2015) Optimizing the Power of Choice: Supporting Student Autonomy to Foster Motivation and Engagement in Learning
An extensive literature review on studies on student voice with recommendations that can be implemented K-12.
Hamilton, B. (2022) The Learner First- Contributive Learning
Contributive Learning" seamlessly blends academic & socio-emotional learning & equips educators to address students' educational and well-being needs.