Exploring the educational experiences of young homeless people

Pescod, Marc (2020) Exploring the educational experiences of young homeless people. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust / University of Essex. Full text available

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Abstract

The research explored the educational experiences of young homeless people. It is acknowledged that the outcomes and difficulties experienced within education, are different from those of the homeless population and their housed peers. 7 participants were recruited from Centrepoint, a UK based youth homeless charity, all aged 18-19. Interviews were used to capture the experiences of the young people, and Smith, Flowers & Larkin's IPA stages used to analyse them. Participants’ individual experiences are presented within the research as well as overarching themes found within the participant group. These overarching themes were found to be: 1) needing additional support in school; 2) behavioural or academic failings at school; 3) avoiding failure and building a future; 4) motivation or change in motivation towards education; 5) lack of drive towards education; 6) support from professionals and external organisations; 6) support from teachers; 7) unsupportive educational settings/professionals; 8) challenges meeting basic needs and accessing resources. The findings are discussed within the context of youth homelessness in education, and alongside current research. The research encourages educational professionals to consider how these experiences might impact an individual’s ability to access education, and what school settings can do to support the experience of homeless individuals. Limitations of the research are considered, and opportunities for future research are identified.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the Professional Doctorate in Child, Community and Educational Psychology awarded by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in association with the University of Essex
Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional Doctorate in Child, Community and Educational Psychology, Edpsych Updates
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents - Social Welfare
Human Psychological Processes > Stress
Learning & Education > Educational Psychology
Learning & Education > Learning & Education in Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Research
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2397

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