Challenging Adultism: Centering Youth as Educational Decision Makers

Melanie Bertrand, Maneka Deanna Brooks, Ashley D. Domínguez

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Research indicates that youth, especially those facing injustice, such as youth of Color in urban settings, are essential participants in educational decision-making. However, due to adultism and intersecting forms of oppression, their inclusion is not the norm. Grounded in the concept of adultism and the tradition of storytelling, we address the following question: How can educational researchers and practitioners challenge the adultism that constrains youth’s participation in school- and district-level educational decision-making? We share stories about our experiences in urban schools, considering adultism at the interactional, institutional, and curricular levels. Our implications center on using critical reflexivity to challenge adultism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2570-2597
Number of pages28
JournalUrban Education
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • adultism
  • youth of Color
  • youth voice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Urban Studies


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