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“I dropped out early”: School disengagement and exclusion among young people experiencing homelessness

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posted on 2020-01-01, 00:00 authored by Jessica Heerde, Maria Pallotta-ChiarolliMaria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Arno Parolini
In this chapter we discuss school disengagement and exclusion among young people experiencing homelessness in Victoria, Australia. We begin by presenting enrollment statistics for children, adolescents, and young adults accessing Specialist Homelessness Services. Next, using decolonising research practices, we explore the school-based challenges and complexities faced by young people experiencing homelessness. We draw attention to young people’s shame and stigma in relation to their disengagement from school settings. We argue that the dominant discourse of academic performance ultimately forces young people experiencing homelessness to engage in self-exclusionary behaviours that result in early school leaving. Next, we examine young people’s experiences of school counselling support and argue that this support, although present in schools and intended to be helpful, does not adequately address the needs of young people experiencing homelessness. Last, we draw attention to young people’s views and suggestions on strategies for school-based support in addressing their educational and social needs. Throughout this chapter, we discuss the implications of our work for providing educational support to young people experiencing homelessness and for ensuring they remain supported and actively engaged in educational settings.

History

Chapter number

5

Pagination

1-11

ISBN-13

9780367243739

ISBN-10

0367243733

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Extent

16

Editor/Contributor(s)

Towl P, Hemphill S

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Place of publication

Abingdon, Eng.

Title of book

Safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environments for young people in crisis and trauma : plaiting the rope