Deliberative Participation: A New Strategy for Enhancing Student Participation in University Governance

By Chun-Wen Lin.

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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

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 9, pp.191-210. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.233MB).

Prof. Chun-Wen Lin

Assistant Professor, Department of Child Care, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Neipu, Taiwan

Prof. Chun-Wen Lin Chun-wen Lin is an assistant professor, Department of Child Care, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, 1, Shuefu Rd., Neipu, Pingtung 912, Taiwan. Her area of specialization is in early childhood educational policy, educational administration and educational law. Her current research is concerned with student voice and deliberative participation in education.


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