ERIC Number: EJ1178474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Promoting Participation at a Time of Social and Political Turmoil: What Is the Impact of Children's and Young People's City Councils?
Sant, Edda; Davies, Ian
Cambridge Journal of Education, v48 n3 p371-387 2018
Youth councils are examined as spaces of citizenship education where young people are educated as political subjects. At a time of political and economic instability data were collected in a Catalan city through tests and focus groups involving 112 students, three teachers and two youth council managers during one academic year. Students' political trust decreased and their cynicism towards politics increased; there were no changes in students' anticipated future participation. The article avoids drawing simplistic causal links between students' involvement in a council and the expression of their views. The participants also discuss the councils as performance sites. It is speculated whether, in students' views, this metaphor of performance applies not only to the councils but to the wider political context in which they live. It is argued that youth councils are, in some ways, potentially valuable for promoting participation and recommendations are made in light of the findings.
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Politics, Citizen Participation, Mixed Methods Research, Longitudinal Studies, Case Studies, Activism, Student Rights, Political Attitudes, Childrens Rights, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Comparative Analysis, Nonparametric Statistics, Pretests Posttests, Children, Adolescents, Youth Programs, Political Power, Focus Groups, Interviews, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Spain