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ERIC Number: ED440763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Felt Tip Pens and School Councils: Children's Participation Rights in Four English Schools.
Wyse, Dominic
This study investigated children's participation rights in two secondary and two primary schools in England, focusing on the child's right to express views freely in all matters affecting him or her, as indicated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Participating were students and staff at two primary and two secondary schools in both inner city and suburban locations. Data were collected by means of group interviews with 56 students--ages 9 to 13--and key personnel, and observations of the students' classes. Overall, the findings indicated that opportunities for children to express views freely in all matters affecting them were extremely limited. Where school councils were present, children were hampered by a lack of action and poor lines of communication. The primary school students had no formal mechanism for expressing their views, but the majority of the children demonstrated the ability to think seriously about complex issues. (Contains 24 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child