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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

ment.”

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

and strengths.”

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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