Pupils’ Experience of Social Participation in Finnish Primary Schools

  • Heli Ketovuori University of Turku, Finland
  • Sanna Hirvensalo University of Turku, Finland
  • Päivi Pihlaja University of Turku, Finland
  • Eero Laakkonen University of Turku, Finland

Abstract

Social participation means taking a full and active role in school life, being a valued and integral member of the school community. The purpose of this study was to examine pupils’ experiences of social participation and their active roles in Finnish primary schools. The intention was to find out in what ways primary school pupils’ (n = 3,760) personal experiences of pupil–pupil (PP) and pupil–teacher (PT) interaction vary between genders and across age groups in small and large schools. Pupils’ experiences were examined with questions concerning the active participation of the child and the participatory role of the teacher. The results show that pupils’ experiences vary, and there are differences between schools in terms of pupils’ social participation.

Author Biographies

Heli Ketovuori, University of Turku, Finland

Faculty of Education

Sanna Hirvensalo, University of Turku, Finland

Faculty of Education

Päivi Pihlaja, University of Turku, Finland

Faculty of Education

Eero Laakkonen, University of Turku, Finland

Faculty of Education

Published
2020-10-19
Section
Articles
Keywords
social participation, Index for Inclusion, pupils’ interaction, Finnish education system