London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Why do they Never Listen to us! Participation and Democratic Practice in Schools

Author(s) Maitles, H., & Deuchar, R.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
The issue of democracy, consultation and participation in schools is now central in terms of 'learning democracy' and in terms of the learning process. Taking the pupil voice seriously remains a difficult area for teachers and school managers in Britain and in Scotland (in this paper), particularly as schools continue to be judged on the basis of a narrow set of attainment targets. Although it is difficult to envisage teaching democracy without being democratic, in Scotland (and across much of Europe) our schools remain decidedly authoritarian. We look at pupil voice (pupil councils and democracy in the classroom) in Scottish primary and secondary schools, with pupils from 11-14/15 years of age.

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