ERIC Number: EJ1103188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Unheard and Unseen: How Housing Insecure African American Adolescents Experience the Education System
Ellis, Addie Lucille; Geller, Kathy D.
Education and Urban Society, v48 n6 p583-610 Jul 2016
This narrative study is based on stories told by African American adolescents experiencing homelessness. It offers insights into their lived experiences and describes the challenges faced in negotiating the urban education system. African American youth are disproportionately represented in the adolescent homeless demographic. "Unheard and unseen" in the dominant narrative, the needs of this population often go unmet. The educational and social service systems frequently place barriers, and blame, that impede the academic achievement of these youth. The dominant narrative is often viewed from the perspective of "what is wrong with 'those' kids?" This research shifts the perspective to "what is occurring within the larger system?"
Descriptors: Housing, African American Students, Adolescents, Disproportionate Representation, Homeless People, Barriers, Social Influences, Social Justice, Urban Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Critical Theory, Race, Low Income Groups, Poverty, Racial Differences, Low Achievement, Interviews, Student Attitudes, Coding, Interpersonal Relationship, Role of Education, Personal Narratives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987