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Title: Foster carer views of education : an exploratory study into what enables foster carers to support the education of children looked after
Author: Woodward, E. C.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2679 6211
Awarding Body: The University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2009
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This research sets out the key features of a mixed method exploratory design investigation conducted between September 2007 and May 2009 into what foster carers feel enables them to support the education of children looked after. The research concentrates on one quadrant of a large out of London County. Nine foster carers were purposively selected, according to the age and type of children they currently fos.t er, and were then interviewed over a series of seven ' interviews about their views in relation to supporting education and what enables them to do so. The contents of these interviews were transcribed and analysed using inductive thematic analysis at a latent level to identify both common and distinct themes. From this analysis a 1 questionnaire was constructed using in-vivo comments taken from the transcripts. The questionnaire was used to explore the generalisability of these views to the wider foster carer population within the quadrant of the focus local authority (LA). The questionnaire received a 37.1% response rate and possible 'reasons for low responden~ rate are discussed. The findings that came from this research indicate that foster carers feefthat they care and support children looked after (CLA) well, however there is a greater role for the LA to play to enable them to do so in terms of providing specific and relevant support focussing on the carers so that they may iri turn continue to support the education of CLA. The limitations of the research, ideas for future exploration and the implication to the practice of educational psychology are also discussed. Throughout the research the term children looked after (CLA) has been adopted rather than the more usual term looked after children (LAC) to reflect both the terminology used with the focus LA and move within several other authorities to adopt this term.
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Qualification Name: D.Ch.Ed.Psy Qualification Level: Doctoral
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