Agency and Participation in Childhood and Youth: International Applications of the Capability Approach in Schools and Beyond

Agency and Participation in Childhood and Youth: International Applications of the Capability Approach in Schools and Beyond

By: Caroline Sarojini Hart (editor), Bernhard Babic (editor), Mario Biggeri (editor)Paperback

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Agency and Participation in Childhood and Youth presents new critical engagement in conceptualising the roles of youth agency and participation in education, development and the pursuit of social justice. Theoretically, the book is framed within the paradigm of the capability approach, initially developed by Nobel Laureate, Amartya Sen, and further differentiated by others, including philosopher, Martha Nussbaum. The book unravels the complex relationships between the nature of youth agency and participation, in education, but also in wider political, economic and social arenas, and the potential of young people to expand their freedoms to lead lives they have reason to value. It is thus argued that ethical, sustainable development is contingent on the nature of youth agency and participation in schooling and further afield. Bringing together leading international experts researching children's capabilities, Agency and Participation in Childhood and Youth offers a unique exploration of links between exciting new areas of development in theory, research and practical applications of Sen and Nussbaum's ideas. The book addresses a significant gap in the literature drawing on empirical data from the UK, the USA, Jordan, Palestine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Switzerland, New Zealand and beyond, with perspectives presented from both within and outside schools and other formal educational settings. Agency and Participation in Childhood and Youth is of particular interest to academics, teaching professionals, undergraduate and postgraduate students of education studies, social policy, youth and development studies.

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Caroline Sarojini Hart is Senior Lecturer in Education at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, and Affiliated Lecturer in Education at the University of Cambridge, UK. Mario Biggeri is Associate Professor of Development Economics at the University of Florence, Italy. Bernhard Babic is an independent social development consultant and researcher, and Senior Project Manager for Caritas, Germany.


Introduction, Caroline Sarojini Hart Part I: Agency and Participation in Childhood and Youth 1. The Capability Approach and Educational Research, Caroline Sarojini Hart (Sheffield Hallam University, UK) 2. Education Policy for Agency and Participation, Mario Biggeri (University of Florence, Italy) 3. The Capability Approach and Children's Rights, Daniel Stoecklin (Institut Universitaire Kurt Bosch, Switzerland) and Jean-Michel Bonvin (School of Health and Social Work, EESP (Ecole d'Etudes Sociales et Pedagogiques), Switzerland) 4. Agency, Participation and Youth Inequalities, Zoe Clark (Bielefeld University, Germany) 5. Child Poverty from a Capability Perspective, Ortrud Lessmann (Helmut-Schmidt-Universitat, University of the Federal Armed Forces, Germany) Part II: Developing Agency and Capabilities in Schools and Beyond 6. Pedagogies to Develop Children's Agency in Schools, Marina Santi (University of Padova, Italy) and Diego Di Masi (University of Padova, Italy) 7. Education and the Capabilities of Children with Special Needs, Christina Devecchi (University of Northampton, UK), Richard Rose (University of Northampton, UK) and Michael Shevlin (Trinity College, Dublin) 8. Evaluating Children's Capabilities Enhancement in Schools, John Schischka (Christchurch Polytechnic University of Technology, New Zealand) 9. Agency, Participation and Transitions Beyond School, Caroline Hart (Sheffield Hallam University, UK) 10. School Enrolment and Child Labour, Zina Nimeh (Maastricht University, Netherlands) and Robert Bauchmuller (Maastricht University, Netherlands) 11. Children's Autonomy in Conflict-Affected Countries, Jerome Ballet (UMI Resiliences), Claudine Dumbi (Higher Institute of Agro-Veterinary Science, Kimwenza) and Benoit Lallau (University of Lille, France) 12. Youth Participation outside the Classroom, Vittorio Iervese (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), Italy) and Luisa Tuttolomondo (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), Italy) Concluding Remarks, Caroline Sarojini Hart (Sheffield Hallam University, UK), Mario Biggeri (University of Florence, Italy), Bernhard Babic (Caritas, Germany) and Clemens Sedmak (King's College London, UK) Subject Index Author Index

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  • publication date: 27/08/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781474252881
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9781474252881
  • weight: 420
  • ISBN10: 1474252885

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