Youth Participation in U.S. Contexts: Student Voice Without a National Mandate

Dana Mitra, Stephanie Serriere, Ben Kirshner

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Unlike the United Kingdom and other nations that mandate youth participation to some degree, U.S. policies instead tend to inhibit child participation rather than encourage it. Given these policy contexts, it can be challenging to locate spaces where robust opportunities for democratic participation and student voice exist. We use this article as an opportunity to examine the disciplinary, philosophical and methodological approaches that have framed youth participation in youth contexts. We conclude by identifying critical issues of citizenship and belonging that must be considered in participatory research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-304
Number of pages13
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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