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Childrenʼs Rights and Education

International Perspectives


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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This volume represents a dialogue that the co-editors and contributors have been part of for several years, in part through our collaboration on the Children’s Rights Learning Group of Una (a joint learning initiative on children and ethnic diversity) . We have often speculated about how various social insti- tutions—particularly those broadly related to education—would change if chil- dren’s rights were an authentic priority . We thank all the children whose voices and perspectives helped inform the chapters in this volume—giving their views due weight is at the heart of our work . We also thank the contributing authors for raising critical issues and sharing diverse perspectives on children’s rights, lives and education . We want to thank Christopher Myers, Peter Lang Managing Director, who was very responsive and helpful, as well as our excellent copyeditor, Tom Bechtle . We also appreciated working closely with book series editor, Gaile S . Cannella and production editor, Sophie Appel . We benefited greatly from the assistance of student intern and editor, Nathalia Biscarra in formatting and reference check- ing . We thank Damian Charette for his cover art, that reminded us that children indeed dream the cosmos . Finally, we appreciate the support and patience of those who supported us throughout the book editing process . SwadenerEtal.indd 9 06/08/13 8:05 AM SwadenerEtal.indd 10 06/08/13 8:05 AM

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