Kristiina Lappalainen and Airi Hakkarainen seek to find ways to prevent educational exlcusion.
I’ve witnessed such great success stories that I’m inclined to think the opposite.” also studying the association of educa-
The survey also charts young people’s
in students dropping out and other prob-
tional support with students’ perceptions
perceptions of different instances, hous-
of their strengths and student engage-
ing, adults and education, but the main
emphasis is on their strengths. “We are collaborating with local upper
proposed as a measure to prevent educa-
THE SURVEY will be carried out among
secondary education institutions, vocation-
tional exclusion. According to Hakkarain-
adolescents annually, charting experienc-
al education institutions, Ohjaamo centres
en, however, one year will not change the
es of self-efficacy, personal strengths and
– which are one-stop guidance shops for
situation for better or worse.
resources within the environment during
young people – and with the open voca-
their upper secondary or vocational
tional institute,” Lappalainen says.
education. “For this, we are using the Positive
According to her, both the researchers are very excited about the study, as the
lems,” Lappalainen says. In the public debate, extending compulsory education by one year has been
“Young people will only find their place and purpose through individual encounters and support. An extra year of school is not a solution to the problem.”
Youth Development measure, which
findings will be extremely relevant, pro-
has been introduced in the US. We will
viding valuable information for the City of
study doesn’t presuppose that educational
validate this measure among Finnish
Joensuu and Finnish society as a whole.
exclusion is something certain types of
adolescents, providing them with an op-
Both researchers emphasise that their
people will be automatically destined for.
portunity to reflect on their lives, choices
AS BOTH RESEARCHERS are scholars
Lappalainen has been studying young
of special education, they admit that the
people who are at risk of educational
significance of support is something they
exclusion for several years.
“It will be interesting to see whether the factors supporting our youth are the
think about constantly.
“I’ve witnessed such great success
same, regardless of where they are study-
“The truth is that in primary educa-
stories that I’m inclined to think the op-
ing – in other words, whether experiences
tion, support is provided in a systematic
posite. By identifying the crucial factors,
of success are created by the same factors
and planned manner to those who need it.
we’ll be able to support the individual
for students in upper secondary and voca-
In lower secondary education, unfortu-
positive development of our young people
tional education,” Hakkarainen explains.
nately, this is no longer the case, resulting
in the right way.”
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