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Paksuniemi, M., Körkkö, M., Korte, S., Joona, T., & Keskitalo, P. (2022). Touching the Untouchables: Pre-Service Teachers' Views About the Rights of the Child Based on Focus Group Discussions. In N. Chitadze (Ed.), Global Dimensions of Democracy and Human Rights: Problems and Perspectives (pp. 185-201). IGI Global.

Touching the untouchables : pre-service teachers’ views about the rights of the child based on focus group discussions

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Author: Paksuniemi, Merja1; Körkkö, Minna2; Korte, Satu-Maarit1;
Organizations: 1University of Lapland, Finland
2University of Jyväskylä, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: IGI Global, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-04-14


This chapter discusses pre-service teachers’ views about the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child and how teachers perceive their connection to the educational context and their work. The authors argue that pre-service teachers’ perceptions determine how successfully human rights education is implemented in practice. The data were collected from workshops and focus group discussions conducted with 82 primary school pre-service teachers in Northern Finland. The participants noted that children’s rights are important and deeply connected to their work. However, they were insufficiently familiar with HRE concepts, and they were uncertain about whether it was acceptable to physically restrain children to protect them or others, as this could undermine a child’s rights. To adhere to the principles in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the topic must be included in the pre-service study syllabus, more clearly added to the curriculum, and implemented in teacher practice.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-6684-4543-3
Pages: 185 - 201
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-4543-3.ch008
Host publication: Global Dimensions of Democracy and Human Rights: Problems and Perspectives
Host publication editor: Chitadze, Nika
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
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