A capability approach to children's well-being, agency and participatory rights in education

Hart, C.S. and Brando, N. (2018) A capability approach to children's well-being, agency and participatory rights in education. European Journal of Education, 53 (3). pp. 293-309. ISSN 0141-8211



  • Hart, C.S.
  • Brando, N.
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: This article applies a capability approach to examine how children's agency, well‐being and participation rights can be developed and supported in educational settings. We introduce Amartya Sen's concepts of agency and well‐being freedoms and achievements to highlight the tensions and trade‐offs between risks to children's agency and well‐being in and through educational processes. We draw upon selected empirical examples to illustrate this relationship further. By positioning the development of children's agency as an explicit and important goal of education, alongside well‐being achievement, we aim to broaden the evaluative space for assessing what constitutes quality in children's education. We conclude with some reflections on implications for policy and practice going forward.
  • Accepted: 20 May 2018
  • Published (online): 6 August 2018
  • Published: 21 August 2018
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of Education (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Symplectic Sheffield
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2018 10:07
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2018 14:09
Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1111/ejed.12284
Status: Published
Publisher: Wiley
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/ejed.12284

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