Work Package 2.3
Start date: April 2016
End date: March 2019
The project will use interviews and questionnaires to investigate the types of civic participation and conceptions of language and identity promoted within the statutory education system, and within civil society organisations working with young people, in both Wales and Scotland.
In the project’s initial stages the four co-Is will undertake around a total of 15-20 interviews with national-level elite policy-makers, in the fields of education, language and the third sector and civil society organisations in the non-statutory education sector.
The target achieved sample size will be 480 students aged 14 - 16 drawn from 12 schools; 240 students and 6 schools in each country. The schools form the basis of our sampling strategy and would be selected to cover the range of linguistic and (so far as possible) of social contexts in which Welsh-medium and Gaelic-medium education takes place. 40 students would participate in the survey within each school: 20 of the students would have attended Welsh-medium or Gaelic-medium education, and the other 20 would not have done so but would have studied Welsh as a second language or Gaelic for learners.
A questionnaire will ask about both school-related experiences and also experiences outside school.
A total of 120 follow-up interviews will be undertaken – 60 in each country, drawn from the people who have replied to the questionnaire.
In addition, as part of the fieldwork visits the RAs will undertake 20-25 interviews with teachers in schools and local leaders of civic organisations to which young people belong.
Finally, the four co-IS will undertake a total of 20 interviews / de-briefing sessions with national-level elite policy-makers, in the fields of education, language and the third sector and civil society organisations in the non-statutory education sector. The aim will be to refine the research findings and forge and identify pathways to impact.
As part of the WISERD Civil Society Seminar series, Tom Jones OBE presents an insider’s perspective on the role of civil society organizations in policy-making in Wales, the UK and Europe.
As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.