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Type: Book chapter
Title: I want to be someone, I want to make a difference: Young care leavers preparing for the future in South Australia
Author: Michell, D.
Scalzi, C.
Citation: Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care, 2016 / Mendes, P., Snow, P. (ed./s), Ch.6, pp.115-133
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher Place: London
Issue Date: 2016
ISBN: 1137556382
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Dee Michell and Claudine Scalzi
Abstract: Improved education enhances life chances. Yet very few of those who have been in the care of the State proceed to higher education (HE). In Australia, care leavers are a subset of three demographics noted by the Bradley Review (2008) as continuing to be under-represented in HE: those from low socio-economic status (SES), rural, and Indigenous students. However, little is known specifically about care leavers in HE. In this chapter, we report on a small pilot project conducted recently in South Australia. For the project, we consulted with ten young care leavers, who told us about their experience with education and the encouragement they received, if any, to proceed onto HE. What we found was that most young people were neither expected nor encouraged to achieve academically.
Rights: © The Author(s) 2016
RMID: 0030064061
DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-55639-4_6
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