Consultation and Participation with Children in Healthy Schools: Choice, Conflict and Context

Paul Duckett, Carolyn Kagan, Judith Sixsmith

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    In this paper we report on our use of a participatory research methodology to consult with children in the UK on how to improve pupil well‐being in secondary schools, framed within the wider social policy context of healthy schools. We worked with children on the selection of our research methods and sought to voice the views of children to a local education authority to improve the design of school environments. The consultation process ultimately failed not because the children were unforthcoming with their views on either methods or on well‐being in schools, but because of difficulties in how their views were received by adults. We show how the socio‐economic, cultural and political context in which those difficulties were set might have led to the eventual break down of the consultation process, and we draw out a number of possible implications for consultative and participatory work with children in school settings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)167-178
    JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2010


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