Session 5, Education Engagement and Participation



Basic Topics
  1. Degrees and kinds of youth/children’s participation in schools
  2. Purposes of schooling and conceptions of youth participation
  3. Youth participation, forms of citizenship and democracy
  4. Pedagogical strategies for promoting political participation
  5. School as a community: developing whole school approaches

The duration of the session is 9 hours (3 reading + 3 learning + 3 working/practicing)


The Objectives of this session are:

  • Familiarise students with current debates in pupils’ participation in education (including classroom participation, participation in learning, and participation in school governance).
  • Support students in developing a critical understanding of the concept of pupils’ voice, particularly examined in the context of formal education.
  • Engage students in critical explorations of the role of teachers in democratic pedagogies, including the whole school approach.
Learning outcomes

After completion of the session students will:

  1. Understand different forms of youth/ children’s participation in schools and society and links with democracy.
  2. Describe and critically reflect upon the different purposes of schooling and related conceptions of youth participation.
  3. Identify pedagogical strategies to promote youth/children’s political participation, including through the whole school approach.


  1. Brief reflective essay on the reconceptualists and post-reconceptualists and the purposes of schooling.
  2. Fully developed classroom strategy on the completion of the workshop that promotes students’ social and/or political participation.
Outcomes and CDC
  • Knowledge and critical understanding
    • Including politics, law, human rights, cultures, religion, etc.
      • 117: Can explain the meaning of basic political concepts, including democracy, freedom, citizenship, rights and responsibilities (basic)
  • Values
    • Valuing democracy, justice, fairness, equality and the rule of law
      • 301: Argues that schools should teach students about democracy and how to act as a democratic citizen  (basic)
  • Attitudes
    • Civic Mindedness
      • 602: Collaborates with other people for common interest causes (basic)
      • 604: Expresses a willingness to participate in collective decision making (basic/intermediate)
      • 607: Expresses an interest in public affairs and issues (intermediate)
      • 611: Is actively involved in community issues (intermediate/advanced)
      • 613: Participates in decision-making processes regarding the affairs, concerns and common good of the community (intermediate/advanced)
      • 614: Exercises the obligations and responsibilities of active citizenship at either the local, national or global level (advanced)
  • Skills
    • Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills
      • 1101: Can identify similarities and differences between new information and what is already known (basic)
      • 1110: Can make evaluations on the basis of evidence and experience (basic/intermediate)
      • 1111: Can analyse alternative points of view (basic/intermediate)
      • 1136: Can evaluate critically the actions of those who have responsibilities to respect, promote and realise human rights 
      • (intermediate/advanced)


    • Empathy
      • 1302: Expresses sympathy for the bad things that he/she has seen happen to other people (basic)
      • 1303: Expresses compassion for people who are being treated unfairly (intermediate)
      • 1320: Expresses sympathy for people who are less fortunate than himself/herself (intermediate)
      • 1325: Expresses the view that, when he/she thinks about people in other countries, he/she shares their joys and sorrows (advanced)


A series of resources that the student teacher must study in this session and a series of additional resources for further study.

A full paper and additional e-lessons on the topics of the session and additional interactive presentation of the materials, for the student teachers to study all the materials in a row.

A series of authentic, up to date and relevant activities with their accompanying materials, which deliver the intended learning outcomes of the session and are carried out face to face or E-learning with groups of student teachers.

Several types of questions to evaluate how much the student teachers have learned throughout the session (reading material, learning material and workshop).



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