25. Research on Children's Rights in Education

Network Objectives

The general objective for this network is to be an arena for continuous, critical and focused discussion and elaboration on research issues with a bearing on children’s human rights in educational contexts. Drawing on a broad and interdisciplinary field of research, the network is concerned with ethical, methodological, legal and pedagogical issues that emerge at the intersection of children’s rights and educational contexts. We encourage theoretical and conceptual development in research into children’s rights in education, as well as empirical research. The research field relevant for the network contains several possible themes with a common agenda to explore and identify education as a significant and challenging context for children’s rights.  

Examples of research areas of relevance to the network:

  • The child as a growing holder of human rights and children as citizens.
  • Children’s rights and children’s values.
  • Educational practices and politics as contexts for implementing and interpreting children’s rights.
  • Children’s rights in relation to parents, teachers and other adults.
  • Methodological development - innovative methods for including and strengthening the presence of children’s perspective in research.
  • Research ethics in accord with a children’s rights perspective.
  • International, intercultural and intersectional perspectives on children’s rights to, in and through education.
  • The Convention on the Rights of the Child and its historical and present meaning as a political, legal and ideological document.

Criteria for selection of submitted proposals

The Network welcomes both empirical and theoretical proposals, from all regions of the world. If the proposal is empirically based, it should report on actual findings, i.e., some findings must be in place before giving the presentation. For work to be included in the network sessions, the proposal must:

1. Make the significance of children’s rights clear and explicit.
2. Provide a clear theoretical/methodological framework.
3. Address an issue that intersects children’s rights and education

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Interview with Convenor at ECER 2010