Measuring Children’s Experience of Their Right to Participate in School and Community: A Rights-Based Approach

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Abstract

This paper discusses the development of a children’s rights-based measure of participation and the findings from its use in a survey of 10 to 11 year old children (n= 3773). The measure, which was developed in collaboration with a group of children, had a high reliability (Cronbach’s alpha = .89). Findings suggest that children’s positive experience of their participation rights is higher in school than in community, and higher for girls compared to boys. It is argued that involving children in the ‘measurement’ of their own lives has the potential to generate more authentic data on children’s lived experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-133
Number of pages14
JournalChildren and Society
Volume31
Issue number2
Early online date13 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017

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