Child & Family Social Work: 'Why one goes to school: what school means to young people entering foster care'.

Author:Hedin, Lena
Position:Reprint - Brief article
 
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Previous studies have shown that the educational attainment of foster children is significantly lower than that of the general population. The aim of this article was to explore young people's experiences of, and attitudes towards, school and whether these change after placement in a foster home. The importance of school as an arena for both learning and socialisation is emphasised. This interpretative study focused on the everyday experiences of 17 boys and girls aged 13-16 years placed in foster families. Six of the children were born outside Sweden, and three were unaccompanied refugees. Data were collected through qualitative interviews, network maps and text answers via mobile phones. The study shows that...

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