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ERIC Number: ED523986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 236
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-0547-6
The Educational Professional: The Educational Experiences that Enhanced and Impeded the Academic Outcome of Youth in Foster Care
Chisholm, Gloria
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Cardinal Stritch University
A child in foster care is often categorized as a student at risk for school failure. However, children in foster care face a unique challenge in that most have been involuntarily separated from their biological parent and/or family. The schools must work in collaboration with the child to provide the necessary supports to achieve better educational outcomes for a child in foster care. The purpose of this study was to examine the educational experiences of foster youth to determine what experiences enhanced or impeded their academic outcome as identified by those who have successfully transitioned from the child welfare system into the educational system. This qualitative inquiry used a phenomenological approach to explore the educational experiences of five foster youth by employing the data collection tools of interviews and a focus group. Findings from this study revealed that a child in foster care is traumatized by the pre and post foster care experience and desires to talk to their teachers. Study participants identified teacher-student dialogue as the overriding theme that enhanced desired student outcomes. In contrast, teacher non-responsiveness, negative collaboration, and a lack of pedagogical awareness emerged as themes that impeded the academic outcome of youth in foster care placement. Recommendations for intervention include professional development training for teachers specific to the unique challenges of a child in foster care. Findings suggest that an intervention of this type is warranted in the continuing search by educators to implement school-wide policies and procedures to address the unique needs of a child in foster care placement. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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