Article

Four arenas of school-based participation: towards a heuristic for children's rights-informed educational practice

Citation

Mannion G, Sowerby M & I’Anson J (2020) Four arenas of school-based participation: towards a heuristic for children's rights-informed educational practice. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2020.1795623

Abstract
There has been a long-standing call for the participation of young people in decision making in school. However, research to date has mostly focused on pupil councils and is rarely conducted in areas of socio-economic deprivation – the contexts for this study. In national examinations, the schools chosen had higher than average attainments given their catchments. The research sought to understand if and how young people would make a link between their participation rights and ‘doing well’ at school. Using mobile and visual methods, a situated, social-material approach was taken to data collection and analysis. We found participation opportunities were supportive in four arenas: formal curriculum, wider curriculum, decision making groups, and connections with the wider community. This framing provides a heuristic for rights-based participation in educational practice.

Keywords
Poverty; participation; attainment; children's rights; arenas

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education

StatusIn Press
FundersScotlands Commissioner For Children & Young People, Scottish Government, Delegates - Conferences and Education Scotland
Publication date online31/07/2020
Date accepted by journal01/07/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31527
PublisherInforma UK Limited
ISSN0159-6306
eISSN1469-3739

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