This book presents evidence that children are the real experts of their lives. 2600 boys and girls in Germany between the ages of 6 of 11 years, with and without a migration background, were interviewed. Next to established topics of family, friends, leisure time and school, the focus of this study was on the topic of justice. Children were asked what justice in their opinion was and whether they felt treated justly or not. The 3rd World Vision Study puts the subjective well-being of children into the focus and shows that children are able to report competently and authentically about their lives. This volume is of great important to researchers, policy makers and professionals interested in children’s well-being from children’s own perspectives.
About the Author
Susann Fegter is an expert in research on education, childhoods and gender. She has presented qualitative and discourse analytical works, e.g. on urban childhoods, on boys in the educational system and on child well-being. One main focus of her research lies on methodological questions of cultural approaches in educational and childhood studies and on questions of subjectivation. She is one of the principle investigators of the multinational qualitative study “Childreńs Understandings of Well-being – Global and Local Contexts” (CUWB) which is an ISCI endorsed project with research partners in 25 countries worldwide.
Klaus Hurrelmann is Professor of Public Health and Education at the Hertie School of Governance. His areas of research include health and education policy. Hurrelmann was the founding dean of the first German School of Public Health at the University of Bielefeld. There, he spent 12 years as Director of the Research Center SFB 227, "Prevention and Intervention in Childhood and Adolescence". Hurrelmann led the German contribution to the international comparative study "Health Behaviour in School Children" for the World Health Organization from 1992 to 2006. He is in the directorial team of several ongoing national surveys covering the development of family, children, youth and young adults. Previously, Hurrelmann was a Professor of Socialisation at the Universities of Essen and Bielefeld. He was educated as a social scientist at the University of Münster and the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his doctorate in the field of Education Systems and Society.
Ulrich Schneekloth is an empirical social researcher with wide experience in methodology and methods of representative surveys. His main focuses are research in generation relations, social change and participation. He has conducted several surveys on family, childhood and youth. Together with Sabine Andresen and Klaus Hurrelmann he has founded the World Vision Children Study. In addition he is one of the responsibles of the German Shell Youth Study.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Summary.- Chapter 2. How Children See Well-Being, Poverty, and Justice: The Focus of the Third World Vision Child Study (Andresen).- Chapter 3. What’s Fair and What’s Unfair: The Different Faces of Justice (Schneekloth).- Chapter 4. Family Backgrounds: Great Variety but Also Marked Differences in Life Conditions (Pupeter).- Chapter 5. School: An Increasingly Important Field of Experience (Pupeter).- Chapter 6. Friendships Among Peers (Jäntsch).- Chapter 7. Codetermination and the Children’s Own Opinion (Schneekloth).