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Representation of primary students and their families about children´s rights and their participation in different social contexts

Author(s) Seguro, V. & Jacott, L.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2013  
Editor P. Cunningham (ed.) Identities and Citizenship Education: Controversy, crisis and challenges  
Age group -  
The main objectives of this study are to analyze children´s and adolescents´ knowledge of their rights, and also of their families, with particular emphasis on participation rights. In all educational levels, there were two groups of students: those who had experience receiving specific training in children rights and taking active part in participatory structures and those who were not receiving any specific training. For this purpose, a questionnaire was applied to a sample of 314 students, from 3rd grade of primary education to 2th grade of secondary education, and 73 parents. Half of the participants (parents and children) were part of participation structures promoted by the city council in different Spanish cities: Seville, Alcobendas, Leganés and Rivas Vaciamadrid. In this paper we focus only on the study of the families. Results indicate that although there are no major differences in the concepts of childhood, children's participation and rights, we can find differences, some significant, in areas such as decision-making in the home, or capabilities that they pose to children of different ages. Keywords: participation, children´s rights, citizenship.

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