Deliberative participation has long been proposed and associated with participation within deliberative democracy on environmental issues, but is seldom implied in higher education institutions. This paper reviewed the theoretical framework of deliberative participation, benefits and limitations of deliberative participation, barriers of student participation, and their implications for university governance, and then examined the current status of student participation in university governance through in-depth interviews with Student Heads and the Dean of Student Affairs. Interview analysis revealed that barriers against student participation in school governance thus empirically identified are mainly students’ low motivation, school council patterns, and attitudes of school staff members. The implications of the above findings for deliberative participation in university governance are then discussed and analyzed. It is concluded that deliberative participation in university governance embedded within deliberative democracy offers a promising strategy for enhancing student participation in university governance.
|Keywords:||Deliberative Democracy, Deliberative Participation, University Governance, Student Participation|
Assistant Professor, Department of Child Care, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Neipu, Taiwan
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