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Title: Children's right to be heard during whole-school evaluation in Irish primary schools : student's and teachers' perspectives
Author: Conneely, Suzanne
ISNI:       0000 0004 5915 8806
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2015
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This study, by a practising inspector, considers the implementation of the principle enshrined In article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) in respect of whole-school evaluation (WSE), model of school inspection, in Irish primary schools, Article 12 relates to the child's right to e)(press his or her views freely and to have such views given due weight. The research was undertaken in one primary school in the west of Ireland and Involved senior-grade students (aged 10-12 years) and their teachers. It explores, from the perspectives of the participants, how Inspectors could better engage with children's views during WSE. The data set, from focus-group interviews and draw-and-write activities, was analysed qualitatively. A children's rights-based approach was employed: two distinctive elements of this approach include the deliberate steps taken to build the participants' capacity in understanding I WSE and children's right to be heard; and the Involvement of a children's research advisory group (CRAG). The CRAG took part in various stages of the research including the choosing and preparing of data collection methods, analysing data, and disseminating findings. The study found that children have views about inspection and want to express them. This thesis makes a strong argument for the importance of facilitating children to e)(press their views freely during inspection and to have their views given due weight not merely as a data source for accountability and performativity but as part of an : empowering, emancipatory process benefitting students, schools and the Inspectorate. The study proved to be successful on a number of levels, notably in the development of a methodology that allowed children to contribute fully as research participants and to present their perspectlves on inspector-student consultation. Furthermore, it contributes to the existing knowledge base regarding children's rights In education focusing in this instance on their right to be heard during school inspection.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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