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Familjehemsplacerade barns skolgång: En kvalitativ studie
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Foster Children's schooling (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to get a greater understanding for how the people surrounding children in foster care support these foster children in their education. In order to learn more about that, I had to understand these individuals own opinion on education for foster-children. Do the people that stand close to a child in foster care think that foster children have the same abilities to learn in school as other children? And is it fair to require the same investment as we ask from other children? And how does the way professionals and foster parents inform each other and work togeter influence this process? The study was conducted through six semi-structured interviews. The perspective of four different foster parents, a teacher and a social worker were examined in this qualitative study. To help understand why some people have better chances in life than others and how a foster family can make a difference in that for a child, I have used Pierre Bourdieu's Cultural Theory. The theory helps understand that a foster child is in a very low social position in society, especially at the beginning of the placement, and has to work itself up to get acces to more symbolical resources.

The results of the study show that support from people around the foster child is a very important factor for a child to succeed in school. Every one of the individuals I have interviewed was aware of that fact. The main obstacle people experience is that information about the child is not always shared and they do not alwas know how other organizations function. The factor that is most favorable is a positive work relation between the professionals, foster parents and the child.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
cultural theory, education, foster care, foster child, foster parents, school, social services
Keyword [sv]
familjehemsbarn, familjehemsföräldrar, familjehem, familjehemssekreterare, Kulturell-teori, skola, skolgång, socialtjänsten, utbildning
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54538OAI: diva2:946542
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
2016-06-03, Växjö, 15:43 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-07-06 Created: 2016-07-05 Last updated: 2016-07-06Bibliographically approved

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