This paper emerges from a general questioning of the role of students in their formative process. At this time, beginning with the analysis of periodicals and various texts of that time, different pedagogical debates about student participation and organization are analyzed. From preceding texts such as “República Escolar” by Carlos Fernández Peña, we arrive at the discussions surrounding the reforms of 1927 and 1928, emphasizing on the influences of Amanda Labarca and John Dewey, to finally reflect on the way that experimental education, through the foundation of Liceo Experimental Manuel de Salas in 1932, collaborated with the processes of student organization and their comprehension as relevant actors inside their educational communities. 


Student participation, civic education, secondary education, experimental education.