Skrypnikova Ekaterina Michailovna
Senior lecturer of the Department of Pedagogics and Psychology Institute of History, Humanitarian and Social Education, Novosibirsk state pedagogical university, katrine13@mail.ru, Novosibirsk
Romm Tatyana Alexandrovna
Доктор педагогических наук, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor of the Department of Pedagogics and Psychology Institute of History, Humanitarian and Social Education, Novosibirsk state pedagogical university, tromm@mail.ru, Novosibirsk

Methodological potential of studying children's participation in decision-making in foreign experience

The research is relevant due to the importance of adapting the results of studying children's participation in decision-making in foreign experience. The purpose of the article is to justify the choice of the phenomenon of children's participation in decision-making on the basis of comparative analysis. The study methodology is formed by the provisions on comparative pedagogy, social education theory and pedagogical methodology. The results are obtained through the theoretical analysis and classification of various sources, authentic literature, description and comparison of the findings. The article presents theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding the concept of participation as a complex social and pedagogical phenomenon (legal, social and personal) basing on foreign research studies. Authors reveal substantive components of participation, developed in foreign theory (cognitive, emotional and behavioural). As the authors review the participation problem area, represented in foreign research, they highlight the problems of attitude of adults to children, participation organizing formalism, the fallacy of parents' notions about children's passivity, the subjectivity of a researcher. The article dwells on the realisation of researcher's subjectness as an important principle of the participation study, which ensures individualisation and humanitarian focus of the research. The article draws conclusions on children's participation in decision-making being a complex social and pedagogical phenomenon, which has been due to the social, economic and cultural characteristics and traditions. It is also concluded that comparative studies have a methodological potential for the development of the theory of children's participation in decision-making in Russia at the current stage.
comparative study, attitude to the childhood, research methods, children's participation in decision-making.

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