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ERIC Number: EJ787341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1498
"They Listen to Me...but They Don't Act on It": Contradictory Consciousness and Student Participation in Decision-Making
Kaba, Mariame
High School Journal, v84 n2 p21-34 Dec 2000-Jan 2001
The recent school reform movement of the 1980s and 1990s has been characterized by school-based management (SBM) initiatives and participatory decision-making arrangements. While much has been written about the need for teacher, parental and community involvement in school decision-making, the role of the student in these experiments has remained largely undefined and unexplored. This article considers the experiences of Chicago's Student Local School Council (LSC) representatives who share decision-making responsibilities with adults in their schools. These students were surveyed and interviewed to secure their perceptions of and feelings about their participation on these decision-making bodies. My research suggests that while participation fosters a sense of equality and ownership among LSC student reps, they are not given a corresponding opportunity to substantively affect policy and other changes in their schools. LSC student reps experience their participation on two levels: 1) subjective considerations; and 2) objective conditions. There appears to be a disconnect between what LSC student reps say that they "feel" and what they say that they actually do. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois