Children as Decision Makers in Education Sharing Experiences Across Cultures

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-04
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Since the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, there has been an increasing recognition globally that children need to have more say in their education. Children as Decision Makers in Education is concerned with how children can actively participate in decision-making. It builds upon previous research into student voice and decision-making. It builds upon previous research into student voice and decision-making, citizenship education in the school curriculum and work with children as researchers. This fascinating collection is forward-looking, bringing together cross-cultural experiences and supporting individuals or groups to work collaboratively in the future. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Sue Cox is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia. Anna Robinson-Pant is Reader at the Centre for Applied Research in Education, University of East Anglia. Caroline Dyer is Senior Lecturer for the Centre of Development Studies, Institute of Political and International Studies (POLIS), University of Leeds Dr Michele Schweisfurth is Reader in Comparative and International Education, and Director of the Centre for International Education and Research, University of Birmingham, UK.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributorsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Can we make space for children's decision-making? Perspectives on educational policyp. 5
The changing context of decision-making in English primary education: ages; myths and autonomyp. 7
'Prefigurative' approaches to participatory schooling: experiences in Brazilp. 15
Grasping rare moments for change: children's participation in conflict contextsp. 25
Long time coming: children as only occasional decision makers in schoolsp. 35
Children's decision-making: its impact on life in schools and the communityp. 45
Children's clubs and corporal punishment: reflections from Nepalp. 49
Participatory School Governance: Children in Decision-Making in the Zambian Contextp. 59
EveryChild: NGO experiences with children as decision makers in Peru, India and Moldovap. 69
Paving the way for pupil voice? School councils campaign for fairtrade in Liverpoolp. 79
Student voice in Portsmouth: a city-wide approachp. 89
Children as decision makers: what are we trying to achieve? The ethical and political dimensionsp. 97
Assessing the Benefits of Students' Participationp. 99
Uprooting fear of cultural diversity: becoming participative togetherp. 107
Pedagogy and cultural diversity: children's participation for overcoming differencesp. 115
Facilitating children's participation in research and decision-makingp. 123
Children as Researchers: experiences in a Bexley Primary Schoolp. 125
Life in the classroom: a pupil perspectivep. 133
Children as researchers: a question of risk?p. 143
Children's participation: radio as a medium in Ghanap. 153
Children as research protagonists and partners in governancep. 161
Endpiece: What can we learn about children as decision makers by bringing together perspectives and experiences from different cultures?p. 171
Indexp. 176
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