Book Chapter

"I dropped out early": School Disengagement and Exclusion Among Young People Experiencing Homelessness

Jessica A Heerde, Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Arno Parolini

Safe, Supportive, and Inclusive Learning Environments for Young People in Crisis and Trauma | Routledge | Published : 2020

Abstract

Young people experiencing homelessness are exposed to extreme disadvantage and social exclusion. Their experiences result in reduced educational participation, leading to early school leaving and lower engagement with the labour market due to under-education. We employed decolonising research practices to foreground the concerns, perspectives, knowledge, and recommendations of young people experiencing homelessness regarding their experiences of school disengagement and exclusion. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with over 60 young people experiencing homelessness in Victoria, Australia. Many young people documented the interweaving of educational, personal, familial, and social dem..

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