Youth Participation in Research, Policy and Practice
Over the past decades the United Nations Children’s Right Convention of 1989 has inspired many minority, as well as majority, countries to develop and implement a great variety of children’s and young people’s participation activities, ranging from small projects such as writing books and designing social media content, to youth councils in schools and local governments, and national children’s and youth parliaments. Depending on the countries’ historical, social, economic and political contexts, childhood and youth, as well as family and parenthood have been conceptualized in different ways. These different conceptualizations enable and restrict the opportunities for children’s and young people’s participation.
In addition to contextual differences, participation has faced challenges. Important questions are: To what extent has children’s and young people’s participation had an impact on decision-making, or the re-arranging of power and equality structures in families, communities, local and national policies? In what activities has children’s and young people’s participation become meaningful? How are meanings of participation related to conceptualizations of childhood and youth in specific historical and local contexts? How and to what extent has the ‘participation society’ and its emphasis on self-regulation and self-reliance opened up, or restricted, children’s and young people’s possibilities for participation?
This summer school addresses trends and conclusions after two decades of children’s and young people’s participation: its pitfalls and its challenges. It aims to envision promising directions, in theory, policies and practice, and it will explore the question: How can children’s and young people’s voices be better listened to?
|Dates||9 - 13 July 2018|
|Location||Groningen, the Netherlands|
|Level||BA/MA/PhD and professionals|
PhD candidates and professionals: €200
|Academic coordinators||Prof. Dr. Greetje Timmerman
Dr. Laura Baams
|Laatst gewijzigd:||05 februari 2018 15:22|