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Childrenʼs Rights and Education

International Perspectives

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Edited By Beth Blue Swadener, Laura Lundy, Janette Habashi and Natasha Blanchet-Cohen

This book compares ways in which children’s rights in, to, and through education, formal and informal, are viewed and implemented in a variety of social and political contexts, aiming to shed light on how policies and practices can improve equal access to high quality education in an environment which is respectful of children’s rights. Chapters focus on understanding the opportunities for and challenges of addressing children’s rights to participation and to inclusion. Authors draw from a variety of disciplines, including critical and cultural studies of childhood, and bring internationally comparative policy perspectives to share nuanced and contrasting examples of ways in which a rights-based approach to education might empower children and youth. The book deepens and complicates research on children’s education rights, and will contribute to courses in comparative education, childhood studies, education policy, and children’s rights.

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Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ix Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xi Kishore Singh Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Beth Blue Swadener, Laura Lundy, Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, and Janette Habashi Section 1: Complexities and Perspectives in Promoting Participation and Inclusion 1 Education Rights in a Society Emerging from Conflict: Curriculum and Student Participation as a Pathway to the Realization of Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Lesley Emerson and Laura Lundy 2 Children’s Rights and Educational Exclusion: The Impact of Zero-Tolerance in Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Martha Baiyee, Celeste Hawkins, and Valerie Polakow 3 The Protagonism of Under-18 Youth in the Québec Student Movement: The Right to Political Participation and Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Natasha Blanchet-Cohen 4 What’s Right in Children’s Rights? The Subtext of Dependency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Panagiota Karagianni, Soula Mitakidou, and Evangelia Tressou Section 2: Child-Rights Approaches in the Early Years 5 A Rights-Based Approach to Observing and Assessing Children in the Early Childhood Classroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Kylie Smith 6 “You’re Not Listening to Us”: Explicating Children’s School Experiences to Build Opportunity for Increased Participation Within School Communities in the United States . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Lacey Peters and Lisa Lacy SwadenerEtal.indd 7 06/08/13 8:05 AM viii | Contents 7 Renarrativizing Indigenous Rights-Based Provision Within “Mainstream” Early Childhood Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Jenny Ritchie and Cheryl Rau 8 Restoring Indigenous Languages and the Right to Learn in a Familiar Language: A Case of Black South African Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Nkidi Phatudi and Mokgadi Moletsane Section 3: Education Rights Issues in Diverse Contexts 9 Pursuing Democracy Through Education Rights: Perspectives from South Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Bekisizwe Ndimande and Beth Blue Swadener 10 Claiming the Right to Quality...

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