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Revista Polis e Psique

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MAURICIO, Ana Carolina  and  BUENO, Gabriel. Social community psychology in school: students union and belonging. Rev. Polis Psique [online]. 2019, vol.9, n.3, pp. 231-248. ISSN 2238-152X.

This article is based on the report of an extra-curricular experience in a public-high school. It focuses on tree major themes: community psychology, educational environment and political action. During nine months, a group of psychology students monitored and observed the working process of a students' union, including its creation, the formulation of its rules and standards, the call for a student assembly, the electoral process and the implementation of the winning proposals. These events were analyzed using the theoretical frameworks of community psychology and critical social psychology, with special emphasis on the development of students' identities, their sense of belonging in the school and their engagement in political actions in the school context. The findings suggest that students' experiences in the process lead to valuable insights and reflections on the meaning of being a student.

Keywords : community psychology; educational environment; political action; students' union; belonging.

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