NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1070450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Brokering Educational Opportunity for Homeless Students and Their Families
Miller, Peter M.; Pavlakis, Alexandra; Samartino, Lea; Bourgeois, Alexis
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v28 n6 p730-749 2015
This qualitative study in a Midwestern US city examines how school and community-based organizations support homeless students' connections to education-related resources and relationships. Drawing from organizational brokerage theory, which delineates how individuals' chances to thrive are shaped by the organizations in which they participate, the study finds that brokerage practice unfolds and is affected by variables at three specific levels. First, social workers, teachers, and principals at the "individual school" level arranged for registration, enrollment, and other immediate connections for students. Second, "school district"-level actors played key roles in orchestrating homeless students' transportation and educators' professional development across the city. Third, a range of "neighborhood factors"--including immigration and housing trends--affected the ways and extents to which organizations identified and supported homeless students. The study concludes by presenting several implications for research and practice.
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A