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The voice of the pupils: an experimental comparison of decisions made by elected pupil councils, pupils in referenda, and teaching staff
Göteborgs universitet.
Göteborgs universitet.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2010 (English)In: Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, ISSN 1874-8597, E-ISSN 1874-8600, Vol. 22, no 1, 73-88 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article tests whether the form of decision-making used in school environments affects pupils’ views on the legitimacy of the decisions made, and of the decision-making procedure. Building on political science theory on democratic decision-making, it compares pupils’ reactions towards decisions made by pupil councils, by pupils via referendum, and by the teaching staff. The data come from a series of randomized scenario-style experiments in which participants (Swedish pupils involved in upper secondary education) were exposed to a questionnaire describing a decision-making situation. The results show that the form of decisionmaking used matters for pupils’ acceptance of the decision-making procedure, but not necessarily for their willingness to accept the outcome of decisions. Pupil referenda in particular were effective in creating procedural legitimacy.

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2010. Vol. 22, no 1, 73-88 p.
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forms of decision-making, decision acceptance, pupil councils, pupil influence, pupil democracy, direct democracy, procedural justice
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52142DOI: 10.1007/s11092-009-9084-0OAI: diva2:386822
Available from: 2011-01-13 Created: 2011-01-13 Last updated: 2015-09-16Bibliographically approved

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