Previous research indicates there is an unbalanced representation for educational success rates of foster youth in school systems, and there is a need to better understand the critical issues that affect them. Using a sample of 35 middle school students enrolled in FosterEd at Pajaro Valley Unified School District, this study examined each student’s math grades, language arts grades, and behavior records (quantitative data). I also analyzed six adults’ perceptions to determine the impact of the program (qualitative data). The educational indicators of math grades and language arts grades were analyzed through inferential statistics using an independent t test. Behavior records were analyzed descriptively. Individual interviews were examined through interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). From the outcomes of the limited data available for the statistical and descriptive analysis, no conclusions can be drawn regarding the FosterEd program’s impact on grades or behavior for middle school students in foster care at Pajaro Valley Unified School District. To the contrary, the perceptions of the six adult participants felt there was much growth and progress among middle school students who received services from the Pajaro Valley Unified School District FosterEd program. The main findings of the adult perspectives revealed the following themes: (a) communication and collaboration, (b) individualized monitored goals, (c) support services, (d) awareness of foster youth, and (e) barriers and challenges of the program. These findings contribute to the knowledge base on programming for foster youth and improve intervention strategies and support programs for this student population.
|Commitee:||Acuncius, Rick, Nasser, Karee|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Middle School education, Curriculum development|
|Keywords:||Academic improvements, Child welfare, Educational outcomes, Foster youth, School education, Student support program|
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