Elevinflytande i en skola i förändring
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies
Article in journal (Refereed)
Place of publ.:
Utbildning och Demokrati(ISSN 1102-6472)
Students' influence, democratic schooling, democracy fostering, democratic competence
‘Students’ influence’ is in curricula and policy documents presented as a legal right for students but also a means to foster students for future democratic citizenship in individual/collective and informal/formal influence processes in school. In this article, students’ influence in everyday practice is analyzed and discussed in relation to the various elements that constitute the concept, and to the structural changes that the Swedish school has undergone the last decades. Drawing on results from an ethnographic study carried out in three Swedish lower secondary schools during one school year, the analysis shows that students and school staff to some extent represent different views on and different approaches to students’ influence, a condition that gives rise to tensions in everyday life and discontent among the students. Yet, the results suggest that active student participation in influence processes in certain forms and contexts, have fostering effects and provide students with participatory skills.