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Agency and the school-to-work transition of care leavers: A retrospective study of Luxembourgish young people
Göbel, Sabrina; Hadjar, Andreas; Karl, Ute et al.
2021In Children and Youth Services Review, early online
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Keywords :
leaving care; residential and foster care; school-to-work transition; agency; educational pathways
Abstract :
[en] This article presents empirical results from a study (2015–2018) on young people leaving care in Luxembourg. A special focus deals with the processes of transitioning from care to work. Education appears to be crucial for a successful transition, as it determines life chances, such as labour market chances, but so far inequality studies have neither researched transitions from care nor have the theoretical concepts developed in inequality research been used to understand the situation of care leavers. They might help to explain the different mechanisms behind the disadvantages of students in foster and residential care and their educational attainment. This paper thus attempts to theorise leaving care from an inequality perspective and the interdependencies with concepts of relational agency, taking into account the heterogeneity among care leavers, their trajectories and achievements (see also Göbel, Hadjar, Karl, Peters, & Jäger, 2020). The main objective of our analysis is to investigate how agency is achieved in the transition from school to work among care leavers, taking into consideration institutional pathways (continuities and discontinuities) in the care and the educational system.
Disciplines :
Education & instruction
Sociology & social sciences
Social work & social policy
Author, co-author :
Göbel, Sabrina
Hadjar, Andreas  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Social Sciences (DSOC)
Karl, Ute
Jäger, Julia
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Title :
Agency and the school-to-work transition of care leavers: A retrospective study of Luxembourgish young people
Publication date :
February 2021
Journal title :
Children and Youth Services Review
Publisher :
Elsevier, United Kingdom
Volume :
early online
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Focus Area :
Educational Sciences
FnR Project :
FNR7837180 - Young People's Transitions Out Of Residential And Foster Care, 2014 (01/09/2015-31/08/2018) - Ulla Peters
Funders :
FNR - Fonds National de la Recherche [LU]
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