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ERIC Number: EJ868683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Student Ownership of Education: Practicing Democracy in Schools
Scott, Jonathan
Education Canada, v49 n2 p36-38 Spr 2009
To succeed, students need to do more than pay attention in class. They need to flourish. Although "engagement" has recently become an educational buzz-word, creating engagement is not enough. It is important to inspire a sense of ownership. If students do not feel they own their education--that they can open the horizons of their own futures--student engagement, as envisioned by the educational community, cannot exist. To truly empower students, there is a need for a fundamental shift away from the concept of education as a service that adults provide for students to the concept of education belonging to students, as co-providers of the "service package". A school that values student leadership, opinion, and contribution establishes something of a social contract among all members of the school community. By promoting the concept of ownership in education, such schools can do much more than engage students in their studies; they can inspire them to flourish--to become citizens who seek to improve the world around them. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada