ERIC Number: EJ1150128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Children's Rights in Education Research: From Aims to Outcomes
Smith, Hilary A.; Haslett, Stephen J.
Cambridge Journal of Education, v47 n3 p413-438 2017
One approach to children's rights in research is to adopt a methodology that focuses on eliciting children's perspectives. Ensuring representative participation from all children allows a diversity of contexts to be reflected in the results, and points to ways in which improvements can be made in specific settings. In cultural contexts where participation in decision-making is not a traditional role for children, their viewpoints are likely to provide results that highlight differences between cultural norms and children's rights, and can offer an important focus of dialogue among stakeholders. It is proposed that children's rights can therefore become integral to the whole process of a quantitative research project. This paper describes such an approach used in a Pacific Islands study, which investigated the quality of schooling through a probability-based sample survey of 1560 children in the first three years of formal education in 55 schools in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati.
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Educational Research, Educational Policy, Childhood Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Children, Treaties, International Law, Participatory Research, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Solomon Islands; Vanuatu; Kiribati
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child