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A model of participation in school-life
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
2014 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Participation in decision making is often considered to be a fundamental right of children and young people. In this chapter, a model is presented of young people’s perspectives o nparticipation in school life. This model is based on a Swedish survey study where 100 girls and boys (15–19 years) answered a questionnaire about their perceptions and experiences of participation in school. The survey was conducted by eight adolescent girls who collaborated as research partners with two adult researchers in a research circle. In this interactive research, young people’s perspectives were explored. The young research partners defined the purpose, research questions and participants of the survey study. They also performed their own intra-generational analyses of the empirical data collected in the study. In their intra-generational analyses, the research partners identified dimensions and aspects of participation in school that were described as important by the girls and boys who participated in the survey. Based on the results from the research partners’ analyses,this chapter calls for a wider understanding of participation and greater awareness among adults and young people in schools of how to use communication inclusively, approach young people as individuals, and treat them with respect.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-37227OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-37227DiVA: diva2:750500
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. "Participation is everything": young people's voices on participation in school life
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2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis shows that participation is an important and comprehensive concept for young people. The aim of the thesis is to explore young people’s perspectives on and experiences of participation in school. Young people are in this research project understood as competent participants and as valuable contributors in research. Young people (aged 13–19 years) are involved as both research partners and research respondents. The design is explorative and mixed methods are used. Study 1 describes an interactive research circle with young people as research partners. Participation and asymmetric responsibility are identified as integral to research with young people. Study 2 describes a youth survey about young people’s participation that was conducted by the research partners in the research circle. This study shows that young people’s opportunities and abilities to communicate are crucial to their participation.  Supportive relations are an important aspect and the young people describe that they want adults to support them in taking responsibility themselves. Study 3 is based on the results of the youth survey and describes a model of young people’s perspectives on participation. Viewed from young people’s perspectives, participation is shown to include social, educational and decision-making dimensions. Communication is identified as a central participatory dimension. This study describes how participation in school is created in both horizontal and vertical relations. Study 4 is about participation and exposure to bullying and threats in school and is informed by the results of the youth survey. This study shows how students with disabilities and especially students with multiple disabilities are in a vulnerable situation. They face greater risks of being excluded from participatory dimensions in school or of being more exposed to degrading treatment if they do participate. Girls with multiple disabilities seem to be in an extra vulnerable situation. Overall, this research project shows that young people’s perspectives are an important complement to adults’ perspectives on participation in school.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro university, 2014. 143 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in Social work, ISSN 1651-145X ; 14
Keyword
children’s rights, human rights, participation, youth, interactive research, mixed methods, communication, intersectionality, disability
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-35795 (URN)978-91-7529-041-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-10-10, Långhuset, Hörsal 2, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2014-07-24 Created: 2014-07-24 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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