Introduction: Children's Rights, Educational Research and the UNCRC

Vicki Coppock, Jenna Gillett-Swan

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On 20 November 1989, the United Nations General Assembly, comprised of delegates representing a wide spectrum of legal systems, cultures and religious traditions, unanimously adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Now, more than a quarter of a century on, the CRC is ratified by almost the entire international community and is widely regarded as the most important advocacy tool for children’s rights. Incorporating the full range of human rights – civil, cultural, economic, political and social – it creates an international legal framework for the protection and promotion of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons under the age of 18. This introductory chapter establishes the motivation and rationale for and aims and objectives of the book and outlines the overarching conceptual framework for the chapters that follow; namely a critical exploration of the ways in which the CRC has informed, presently informs and may in future inform educational research in various contexts internationally. The logic informing the structure of the book is explained and each chapter is introduced, signposting for the reader the key concepts, themes, issues and debates to be covered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildren's rights, educational research and the UNCRC: past, present and future
EditorsJenna Gillett-Swan, Vicki Coppock
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherSymposium Books Ltd.
Number of pages166
ISBN (Print)9781873927953
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2016


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