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Title: Educational success amongst looked after children in one London borough : the voice of the child
Author: Gorham, Hannah Sofia
ISNI:       0000 0004 2717 3446
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2009
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Research on the education of looked after children has mainly focused on the majority of children whose educational attainment is below that of their peers. Yet, there is also a minority of looked after children who have achieved educational success, despite their pre-care experiences and their experiences of the care system. Limited research has been conducted to investigate who these children are and why their educational attainment is higher than other looked after children. Even fewer studies have provided detailed qualitative accounts of the educational experiences of children who are currently looked after in England. Most studies have sought views from those attending university or college, representing a very small proportion of the population and reflecting a very narrow definition of success. In contrast, this study adopts a wider conceptualisation of 'educational success' than previous research and aims to shed considerable light on the factors that assist the educational progress of children who are currently looked after in one London borough. Ten participants between the ages of 13 and 18 years were interviewed using semi-structured interviews. Five themes were derived from thematic analysis and are discussed in the context of previous literature: goal orientation, reasoning skills, social awareness, interpersonal relationships, and negotiating complex systems. Implications for schools, educational psychologists and the local authority are reported.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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