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ERIC Number: EJ874865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1874-8597
The Voice of the Pupils: An Experimental Comparison of Decisions Made by Elected Pupil Councils, Pupils in Referenda, and Teaching Staff
Gilljam, Mikael; Esaiasson, Peter; Lindholm, Torun
Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, v22 n1 p73-88 Feb 2010
This article tests whether the form of decision-making used in school environments affects pupils' views on the legitimacy of the decisions made, and of the decision-making procedure. Building on political science theory on democratic decision-making, it compares pupils' reactions towards decisions made by pupil councils, by pupils via referendum, and by the teaching staff. The data come from a series of randomized scenario-style experiments in which participants (Swedish pupils involved in upper secondary education) were exposed to a questionnaire describing a decision-making situation. The results show that the form of decision-making used matters for pupils' acceptance of the decision-making procedure, but not necessarily for their willingness to accept the outcome of decisions. Pupil referenda in particular were effective in creating procedural legitimacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden