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Completed research project

Title / Titel Initiative „mitWirkung!“
Participation and responsibility of children and adolescents
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Original title / Originaltitel Partizipation und Verantwortung von Kindern un Jugendlichen
Summary / Zusammenfassung Objective:
The study aims to discover what factors influence children and adolescents’ participation in Germany in the domains of community, school and family. The focus is on children’s participation in communities and the offers communities provide for participation.

Study design:
The study is based on a multi level analysis. There are four levels: community, school, class, children and adolescents and for each level a fully standardized questionnaire was designed.

Sample design:
A pre-analysis was conducted and a short standardized questionnaire was sent to 2200 German communities. 564 replied and 315 agreed to participate in the initiative „mitWirkung“. Finally, 42 communities were selected. Within the communities classes were chosen randomly. 14`387 children, 422 heads of school, 631 teachers and 42 community leaders filled out their questionnaire.

Data collection:
Data was collected by way of (different) questionnaires for the children, their teachers, their head of school and the leaders of the communities the children live in. Areas of interest include (1) the children’s resources determining their participatory engagement (e.g. family situation, siblings, social networks, political interests, knowledge of participation possibilities, participation experiences), (2) the adults’ concepts, attitudes and acceptance toards children’s participation, and (3) the opportunity structures given in the communities and in the schools.
Publications / Publikationen Weitere Informationen
Keywords / Suchbegriffe Children, Youth, Survey, Germany, Participation
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Fatke (Project Leader)
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Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Bertelsmann Stiftung Germany
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Apr 2004 to Aug 2005