What does political participation mean to Spanish students?

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This article explores how a group of Spanish students (aged 11-19) understand the meaning of ‘political participation’ in society and discusses the implications of their views for debates and practices in citizenship education. The ways in which these students (n=112) describe and interpret political participation are analysed using an in-depth and interpretative approach employing open questionnaires and interviews. The results suggest that most students value political participation in positive terms and that ‘activist’ students have a more optimistic view of the effectiveness of participation and especially of new forms of participation such as protests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-25
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Social Science Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • Activism
  • Citizenship education
  • Democracy
  • Participation
  • Social representations


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