Barnets bästa i skolan
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was ratified by Sweden in 1990. Among its principles is devotion to the best interests of the child (article 3). This principle is hard to define, and it is difficult to find studies on how children express themselves about how the convention should be realized. The Swedish government wants local councils to introduce routines that follow the proposed rights. The Swedish school system is an important arena where UNCRC’s rights can be put into practice. This study’s purpose is to discover how the Swedish upper secondary schools follow article 3, using pupils’ description of what is best for them as a starting point. Two pupil focus-group interviews have been used to obtain this description, and the pupils views were divided into four main themes: Security, Reception, Studies and development and Influence. These were converted into questionniares for two schools. The result was analyzed using empowerment and SOC (sense of coherence) as theoretical perspectives. Some answers differed between the schools as to how the principle of article 3 is fulfilled. The majority of the pupils are happy with their schools, in spite of difficulties with structural conditions and that life at school isn’t always on the pupils’ conditions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 62 p.
the best interests of the child – school – Convention on the Rights of the Child
barnets bästa – skola – barnkonventionen – ungdom – elev
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7543OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-7543DiVA: diva2:198547
Elofsson, Stig, Universitetslektor
Öhlund, Thomas, Universitetslektor