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School students' views on school councils and daily life at school

Alderson, P; (2000) School students' views on school councils and daily life at school. Children and Society , 14 (2) pp. 121-134. 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2000.tb00160.x. Green open access

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Abstract

This article reports a survey conducted in schools in Great Britain and Northern Ireland during 1997–8 with 2,272 students aged seven to 17 years. The 24‐page booklet questionnaire included six groups of questions about school councils. The question of whether pupils who have a council see it as effective was cross‐tabulated with a range of other questions, in order to examine associations between students' views about their school councils with their views on other aspects of school. About half the students reported that they had a school council. Of these, the ones who thought their council was effective generally had positive views about their school's social and academic activities, whereas the ones who said their council was ineffective generally had more negative attitudes. Some schools find that creating an effective school council can considerably improve standards of behaviour, but this process has to involve further changes in systems and relationships in the school. Simply introducing a token council can increase students' scepticism.

Type: Article
Title: School students' views on school councils and daily life at school
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2000.tb00160.x
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1099-0860.2000.tb00160.x
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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 - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1493893
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