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Title: "We were really sad to see him go but really pleased to see him go with choices" : achieving academic success : an exploratory study into the experiences of looked after young people, their foster carers and their teachers
Author: Bernardo, I. C. L.
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2013
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Literature and research has have continued to highlight the low achievement of looked after children and young people, identifying factors that may account for their lower achievement. However, little is known about the experiences of a small number of young people in care who do achieve in school and thus appear to 'go against the odds'. This study aimed to explore the experiences of success of three young people in care who have achieved at least five GCSEs A *C (including English and Maths) using individual interviews. The experiences of each young person's foster carer and one school representative were also gained. interviews were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenologicai Analysis (IPA). Data were analysed across each participant group (young people, foster carers and school representative) as well as across all participants. Four overarching themes were highlighted by the data analysis; A different self, GCSE Achievement: A shared and novel experience, Relationships with ozhers and The role of others. Psychological theories were used to further understanding of the participants' experiences. Implications of findings were discussed in relation to Educational Psychology practice promoting the achievement of looked after children and young people, as well as emphasising the use of psychology that highlights individuals' strengths and resources.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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