IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Children’s agency

Agency can be defined as the capacity to act independently and to make one’s own choices. This capacity is central to children’s development, and their ability to lead happy, successful lives

Evidence demonstrates that having a sense of agency and being able to exercise this agency to shape  learning experience contributes to children’s academic achievement and promotes their socio-emotional development.

Children Playing With Dry Leaves. Photo by Michael Morse from Pexels.

Our research on children’s agency aims to develop a better understanding of the impact of educational policies, practices, and environments on the development of agency in children.

At the heart of this research is an attempt to provide robust evidence-based recommendations for of educational policy and practice in order to continuously improve children’s agency and life chances. 

Our research on children’s agency: