Co-determination of pupils at school: A representative survey of Austrian pupils at upper secondary level

Manuela Gamsjäger, Daniela Wetzelhütter

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Abstract

Democratic school development demands a self-determined influence of students on decision-making processes, while the Austrian educational mandate places more emphasis on participation and the provision of knowledge. Since students at the same time have only marginal rights of co-determination, it is up to the schools to shape this demand. The article therefore uses a representative sample to examine the extent to which students in Austria are able to participate democratically and which school- and class-specific characteristics influence them. In addition, the extent to which co-determination off erings diff er between schools and classes is analysed. The results confirm the assumption that students in Austria rarely experience democratic co-determination and that co-determination off ers are only partial and unsystematic. The students’ satisfaction with this situation and their willingness to get involved in school is correspondingly low. In addition, varying off ers between schools and classes point to school-specifi c infl uencing factors, which is why the fi ndings are finally discussed as a task of school development.
Translated title of the contributionCo-determination of pupils at school: A representative survey of Austrian pupils at upper secondary level
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)92-119
JournalJournal for Educational Research Online
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

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