Writing on the margins from the center: Homeless youth and politics at the borders
American Educational Research Association Annual Conference
San Diego, CA
April 13-17, 2009
Date of Presentation
Research with homeless youth requires negotiating with Institutional Review Boards, school districts, and social service agencies. Youth that are homeless live a life different from the researcher, thus issues of trust and caring need to be considered before asking a young person to share his or her story. The authors share insight learned from a qualitative study of the educational barriers of homeless youth. The overarching finding is that homeless youth are invisible and silenced in a social service system overwhelmed with red tape and bureaucratic procedures. The authors suggest that program developers, researchers, and policymakers give voice to homeless youth by listening to the stories they tell and then enacting policies that build on their recommendations.
Hallett, Ronald E. and Tierney, William G., "Writing on the margins from the center: Homeless youth and politics at the borders" (2009). Benerd School of Education Faculty Presentations. 25.
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