Compensating or reproducing? students from different educational tracks and the role of school in experiencing democratic citizenship

Hessel Nieuwelink, Paul Dekker, Geert ten Dam

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Abstract

Studies show that adolescents that follow a higher educational track have more positive experiences than those of lower levels with aspects of democracy, such as decision-making or discussions. In our study, we focus on how adolescents from different educational tracks evaluate the various possibilities to experience democracy in daily life, and whether school is compensating for any difference therein. Data were gathered by interviewing 40 adolescents at two points in time (eighth and tenth grade). The results suggest that, especially in the later phase of secondary education, according to the experiences of adolescents it is apparent that school exacerbates instead of decreases social differences in society. Those in the higher educational track experience more often than those in the lower track having discussions and being encouraged to be socially and politically engaged. We discuss opportunities for teachers and for citizenship education to strengthen democratic socialization in both educational tracks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-292
JournalCambridge Journal of Education
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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