Author(s): Tu?çe AKYOL, Muhammed ÖZTÜRK, Fatma Betül ?ENOL, Nezahat Hamiden KARACA

According to the 12th article of United Nations, convention on the rights of the children; children have the right to express their views on any subject regarding themselves and this article necessitates direct involvement of the child. In the 13th and 15th articles of the convention on the rights of the children rights for free expression of ideas, right to form associations and right of peaceful assembly are constructed. At the present time, while the number of studies on the involvement right of children is increasing, it is seen that new models on involvement process are also developed. One of the models which examine the involvement process of children was developed by Harry Shier in 2001. This model was developed as an alternative to the other models which examine the involvement process especially to enable educators to discover various aspects related to involvement process of the children. This model examines the involvement process of children in 5 levels on the basis of 12th article of convention on the rights of the children. In the first level, the process of listening to the children; in the second level, the encouragement of children to express their views; in the third level, taking the views of children into account; in the fourth level, the involvement of children to decision making processes and in the fifth level, children’s taking responsibility and having right to speak in decision making are examined. The questions in every level of the model aim to define involvement levels of the children. The aim of this study is to introduce this model developed by Harry Shier to support the involvement process of the children to our country and to explain how involvement levels of the children are defined in this model.


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