Pupils as citizens
Pupil views on school citizenship and the transition from primary to secondary school.
Civic competence on transition is under-researched compared to a more general attention to transition, which focuses on the areas of achievement and attainment, social adjustment, at-risk status, and ethnicity (McGee et al., 2004). In those other areas, there is strong evidence of transition effects (e.g. Hattie, 2008, West et al., 2010). Several authors have highlighted the need for an examination of transition and civic competence but meagre work has been undertaken (Cross et al., 2009, Deuchar, 2009, HMIE, 2006, Zeedyk et al., 2003).
The present 2-year project plans to administer a major cross-sectional survey of Scottish school pupils on either side of primary-secondary transition, with related focus group investigations. It is anticipated that approximately 750 young people will complete the survey and over 100 pupils will take part in focus group discussions.
This study draws on previous Gordon Cook Foundation work by the same researchers that explored this citizenship/transition context from Scottish teachers’ perspectives and which offered clear direction for a pupil investigation (http://edin.ac/1fvyeFD).
The prime purpose of this project is to explore the ways in which pupil participation and voice is facilitated across the primary/secondary school transition from the point of children and young people. It aims:
- To investigate what is authentic and meaningful participation (voice, leadership, responsibility), from the point of view of pupils
- To compare and contrast pupil’s views on participatory opportunities on either side of primary-secondary transition
- To identify to what extent children view themselves as participatory citizens of their respective primary and secondary school communities
|Start date||September 2014|
|End date||Ocotober 2018|
23-25.11.2016 - Presentation by Jane Brown to SERA Conference 2016 "Challenging? Attainment and Improvement ...", University of Dundee - The primary-secondary transition: children and young people’s views on opportunities for participation and responsibility at school.
02-03.09.2016 - Presentation by Jane Brown and Linda Croxford to the "Young Citizens and Society: Fostering Civic Participation" Conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow - Citizens now or citizens in the making? What a study of school transitions and pupil participation can tell us about children as citizens.
22-26.08.2016 - Presentation by Jane Brown and Linda Croxford to ECER Conference 2016 "Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers", University College Dublin - The primary-secondary school transition: children as competent citizens or citizens in the making?
06-08.06.2016 - Presentation by Jane Brown and Linda Croxford to the VII Conference on Childhood Studies, University of Turku, Finland - Negotiating the primary-secondary transition: what children say about opportunities for participation and responsibility at school.