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|
|Date(s)||Event & Host||Presenter(s)||Presentation|
|11-13 September 2018||
BERA Annual Conference 2018
– Hosted by Northumbria University, Newcastle
Jane Brown, Sarah Minty, Gillean McCluskey, Linda Croxford
|Changing childhood and the primary-secondary transition: the significance of children’s everyday freedoms, self-governance and autonomy|
|6-7 September 2018||
Contemporary Childhood Conference 2018: “Children in Space, Place and Time"
– Hosted by the School of Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
|Jane Brown, Sarah Minty, Linda Croxford||The Primary-secondary transition: the significance of children’s sense of space and place in their accounts of transition|
|21-22 November 2017||
Grant Holders Seminar
– Hosted by Gordon Cook Foundation
|Jane Brown, Linda Croxford & Sarah Minty||Pupils as Citizens: participation, responsibility and voice in the transition from primary to secondary school|
|23-25 November 2016||
SERA Conference 2016 "Challenging? Attainment and Improvement ..."
– Hosted by SERA, University of Dundee, Dundee
|Jane Brown||The primary-secondary transition: children and young people’s views on opportunities for participation and responsibility at school|
|02-03 September 2016||
"Young Citizens and Society: Fostering Civic Participation" Conference
– Hosted by University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
|Jane Brown and Linda Croxford||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 August 2016||
ECER Conference 2016 "Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers"
– Hosted by ECER, University College Dublin
|ane Brown and Linda Croxford||The primary-secondary school transition: children as competent citizens or citizens in the making?|
|06-08 June 2016||
– Hosted by University of Turku, Finland
|Brown and Linda Croxford||Negotiating the primary-secondary transition: what children say about opportunities for participation and responsibility at school.|