ERIC Number: EJ932847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
Pupil Participation in Scottish Schools: How Far Have We Come?
Hulme, Moira; McKinney, Stephen; Hall, Stuart; Cross, Beth
Improving Schools, v14 n2 p130-144 Jul 2011
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN, 1989), which applies to all children under the age of 18, established the overarching principles guiding pupil participation. In most European states, signatories to the Convention have enacted policies to promote the voice of the child or young person in decisions that affect them. In education systems strategies to enhance pupil participation are an increasing feature of deliberation on education for citizenship, curriculum flexibility, pedagogical approaches and assessment for learning. Despite the positive policy context and professional commitment to principles of inclusion, translating policy intentions so that the spirit of the legislation is played out in the day-to-day experiences of pupils is a constant challenge. This article reports on research that examines how pupil participation is understood and enacted in Scottish schools. It considers how the over-laying of diverse policies presents mixed messages to practitioners.
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Student Participation, Inclusion, Educational Legislation, Participative Decision Making, Institutional Characteristics, Barriers, Questionnaires, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)