Volume 27(1) Participation, Diversity, Involvement
Support for refugee students in a Newfoundland high school: merits and ramifications
The province of Newfoundland and Labrador has seen a 35% increase of newcomers over the past decade. In response to the Syrian refugee crisis in 2015-2016, the province more than doubled its refugee intake in 2016-2017. Most of the refugees have been resettled in the provincial capital city, St. John’s,...
Examining opportunities for children to participate in formal early childhood music education
According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) (1989), children’s participation in cultural life and arts is of utmost importance. The ideas of children’s equality and their right to participation are also emphasised in curricula and other policy programmes in many countries. Three decades after...
Student teacher participation in school placement: a micropolitical analysis of students' experiences of system tensions
This article examines Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) student teachers’ experiences on school placement through the lens of ‘community tensions’ and ‘micropolitics’. Based on the semi-structured interviews of 14 student teachers who were training to be secondary school teachers (of pupils aged 12-18), it argues that school placement is...
Educational design research in collaboration with students: using digital tools to learn about reindeer herding within a vocational Sámi pedagogical context
This article aims to develop and update a reindeer herding study programme in a vocational school in Lapland, Finland in cooperation with the teachers and students. The possibilities for developing motivating learning environments are investigated in the context of reindeer herding, with the ultimate objective being to enhance student interest...
Pupil influence in Swedish compulsory schools, a way of 'learning' and 'living' democracy
The aim of this article is to describe and analyse pupil influence in four Swedish schools. This is done against the backdrop of the changes that have been made in the Swedish curriculum for compulsory school as well as theoretical perspectives on democracy and power. The article is based on...
Young Tornedalians in education: the challenges of being national minority pupils in the Swedish school system
The Tornedalians are a national ethnic and linguistic minority group in northern Sweden who live along the Torne River Valley (Tornedalen) in municipalities that border the neighbouring country of Finland. This minority group has been subjected to marginalisation, racialisation and assimilation politics driven by Swedish colonial and nationalist interests and...
Canadian contexts for exploring transformative student agency through place-conscious pedagogy
Findings are presented from two case studies of student agency in relation to place-conscious pedagogy in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador. For the purpose of these studies, student agency is viewed as transformative and encompasses self-determination, successful attainment of personal objectives, and enhanced willingness to address...
The role of comprehensive schools in supporting the well-being of Northern-Finnish young people as perceived by the young people, parents and carers
In Finland, services aimed at supporting the well-being of young people and their families are fragmented. This research explores the expectations of young people and parents and carers concerning the well-being of young people and their perceptions of the school’s role in supporting young people. The research was conducted in...