What does Political Participation Mean to Spanish Students?

  • Edda Sant Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


This article explores how a group of Spanish students (aged 11–19) understand the meaning of ‘political participation’ in society and discusses the implications of their views for debates and practices in citizenship education. The ways in which these students (n=112) describe and interpret political participation are analysed using an in-depth and interpretative approach employing open questionnaires and interviews. The results suggest that most students value political participation in positive terms and that ‘activist’ students have a more optimistic view of the effectiveness of participation and especially of new forms of participation such as protests.

Author Biography

Edda Sant, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
PhD, Social Studies Teacher and FPU Fellow from the Spanish Ministry of Education