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ERIC Number: EJ1096014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0343
Fostering a Sense of Belonging at School--Five Orientations to Practice That Assist Vulnerable Youth to Create a Positive Student Identity
Sanders, Jackie; Munford, Robyn
School Psychology International, v37 n2 p155-171 Apr 2016
Drawing on data from a mixed-method longitudinal study of marginalized youth from New Zealand, most of whom did not complete high school, we explore the concept of a sense of belonging as it relates to the way these youth explain their experiences of school. We identify the centrality of this sense of belonging at school to an understanding of resilience for vulnerable youth. Based on youth accounts we identify five orientations to practice that made the most difference to youth capacity to stay at school. These orientations are able to be used by a wide range of school professionals, including school psychologists, to enable youth to successfully stay in mainstream educational settings and achieve to their abilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A