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Human rights and democracy in schools do they mean more than "picking up litter and not killing whales"?

Alderson, P; (1999) Human rights and democracy in schools do they mean more than "picking up litter and not killing whales"? International Journal of Children's Rights , 7 (2) pp. 185-205. 10.1163/15718189920494336. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper reviews practical pressures against democracy in British schools, then considers the place of human rights teaching in undemocratic schools. Theories which affect democracy in schools are reviewed, including child development, and the social construction of childhood. Questions raised by new understandings of childhood for human rights in schools are mentioned for discussion. Meanings of rights and of children’s participation are considered. Although some points in this paper are drawn from a survey of over 2,250 school pupils views on civil rights, this is a discussion paper and not a research report.

Type: Article
Title: Human rights and democracy in schools do they mean more than "picking up litter and not killing whales"?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1163/15718189920494336
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1163/15718189920494336
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.
Keywords: Human rights, children’s rights, democracy, schools, citizenship education
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/1493972
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