Open Classes and Participation in Decision-making in Class

Monika Mithans, Milena Ivanuš Grmek


The article focuses on the problem of students involved in the education process. The study comprised students aged between 10-11, 13-14 and 16-17. 322 students attend schools in Austria and 458 students in Slovenia. The data was collected with a questionnaire and processed on the level of descriptive and inferential statistics.

We are determining that student participation has not fully developed yet in practice. The students who are attending schools in Austria are detecting more opportunities to participate in the decision making process than their peers in Slovenia. The majority of the students wish to participate. We also determined a statistically significant positive impact of open class on student participation. The students who see their classes as open, detect more opportunities to participate in the decision making process.

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