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Parity of participation? Primary-school children reflect critically on being successful during schooling

Hargreaves, E; Quick, L; Buchanan, D; (2021) Parity of participation? Primary-school children reflect critically on being successful during schooling. Oxford Review of Education 10.1080/03054985.2021.1886916. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Nancy Fraser describes parity-of-participation in social interaction as an important component of social justice. In this paper, we explore the participatory experiences of primary-school-children who have been labelled ‘lower-attainers’ in mathematics and/or writing. The paper explores justice drawing on the perspective of these pupils, in relation to how they perceive success in their school learning. We link the concept of participation to the three components of social justice outlined in Nancy Fraser’s definition: a) distribution of wealth; b) recognition of status; and c) representation of voice. Our findings indicate that children who do not excel in attainment in prescribed subjects may experience obstructions to parity-of-participation within schooling which are beyond those encountered by all children. We conclude that injustices in all three senses (above) are being experienced by specific children and these injustices need urgent confrontation.

Type: Article
Title: Parity of participation? Primary-school children reflect critically on being successful during schooling
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2021.1886916
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2021.1886916
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Participation, primary-schooling, social justice, learning, low-attainers
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10120409
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