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ERIC Number: EJ824342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0256-2928
Children's Rights in Educational Relationships
Molinari, Luisa; Melotti, Giannino; Emiliani, Francesca
European Journal of Psychology of Education, v17 n2 p139-155 Jun 2002
The aim of this study is that of reaching a better comprehension of the topic of children's rights within educational relationships. In a first stage, we analysed the representational field of children's rights produced through free associations by the two partners who are in conflict in everyday life, namely adults (n=267) and adolescents (n=143). In a second stage, we chose a sample of 690 adult subjects that were all parents, half of whom were also teachers; through a structured questionnaire we investigated the role of several aspects (responsibility, respect, values, conditions influencing children's growth and sense of justice) in the organisation of social representations of children's rights. The results outlined different contrasts in the organisation of the representational scenario. The first opposes adults and adolescents, in the sense that adults emphasise their duties of offering protection and care, while the youngsters describe rights in terms of autonomous field of experience. Within the group of adults, several differences emerged between teachers and parents: the first seem more doubtful about the positive outcomes of personal involvement, while parents are moved by a general feeling of optimism, anchored in the faith in the family's strength and integrity. (Contains 8 tables, 1 figure, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy