Educating Children and Youth in Care in Alberta: A Scoping Review

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Abstract

Alberta Education and Alberta Children Services have reported consistent low achievement in school by children and youth in care, especially those in residential group care. This article provides the current picture of research and practice regarding the education experience of children and youth in care. Utilizing a scoping review of local and international research studies, the paper argues that the education of children in care in Alberta is not considered an important issue. The dominance of the social work paradigm in children and family services is exposed as inadequate, and hence the call for social pedagogy to be adopted. Determinants of educational achievement for children and youth in care are examined and using these attainment factors, the article identifies and recommends areas that Alberta Education and Alberta Children Services need to consider with urgency if children and youth in care are to benefit from schooling like all other children
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-22
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Contemporary Issues in Education
Volume13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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