Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Circle of Care: Supporting the Academic Achievement of Students Who Reside in Group Homes
by Malone, Shannon A., Ed.D., Loyola Marymount University, 2020, 152; 28092114
Abstract (Summary)

According to data published in 2018, approximately 20,000 children resided in group homes across the United States. By the nature of their situations, living outside of their familial homes, these children are experiencing trauma while trying to participate in typical childhood activities, such as making friends and attending school. Children who reside in group homes are foster youth. Foster youth consistently show low levels of academic achievement (Vacca, 2008). Children who reside in group homes have many service providers that are responsible for their care, including teachers, social workers, therapists, group home staff; these people make up the child’s circle of care. The purpose of this study was to explore how the service professionals within the circle of care support the academic development of students who reside in group homes and how existing strategies can be improved. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed using thematic analysis. Weick’s (1976) concept of loosely coupled systems in education was used to theorize the connections between service providers and identify opportunities for improved collaboration. Results showed that all members of the circle of care need to work together more closely to appropriately support these students, especially those members who work for the group homes and the schools. All members of the circle of care need more training in trauma informed care and the laws that allocate resources and direct the care for children who reside in group homes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stephenson, Rebecca Herr
Commitee: Belichesky-Larson, Jennifer, Parham, William
School: Loyola Marymount University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational sociology
Keywords: Academic, Achievement, Advocacy, Foster youth, Group homes, Support
Publication Number: 28092114
ISBN: 9798672178066
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