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Consultation and Participation with Children in Healthy Schools: Choice, Conflict and Context

Duckett, Paul, Kagan, Carolyn and Sixsmith, Judith (2010) Consultation and Participation with Children in Healthy Schools: Choice, Conflict and Context. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46 (1-2). pp. 167-178. ISSN 0091-0562 (print) 1573-2770 (online)

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In this paper we report on our use of a participatory research methodology to consult with children in the UK on how to improve pupil well-being in secondary schools, framed within the wider social policy context of healthy schools. We worked with children on the selection of our research methods and sought to voice the views of children to a local education authority to improve the design of school environments. The consultation process ultimately failed not because the children were unforthcoming with their views on either methods or on well-being in schools, but because of difficulties in how their views were received by adults. We show how the socio-economic, cultural and political context in which those difficulties were set might have led to the eventual break down of the consultation process, and we draw out a number of possible implications for consultative and participatory work with children in school settings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID23258, children, consultation, participatory research, education
Subjects: Current > FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2012 05:13
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2013 00:08
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Citations in Scopus: 15 - View on Scopus

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