Adoption awareness within Initial Teacher Education and Training: helping the primary phase trainee teacher understand the needs of the adopted or Looked-after Child in a Higher Education Institute in Wales.
Williams, Angharad Llewellyn
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
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In 2010, according to the Department for Education, 69,562 children were taken into care and become known as "looked after children". Of these, 2,529 were placed for adoption. The reasons for such action are usually due to neglect, abuse or other family failure. The educational outcomes for these children in England and Wales are generally poor. This dissertation seeks to understand the impact of the trauma of separation on the behaviours and social well-being of these children and any consequent effect it may have within the classroom. The purpose of this study was to discover what parents & educators perceive to be the main issues facing adopted and looked after children in the classroom. The findings resulted in the development of a training module for teachers on a BA primary course in a Higher Education Institute in Wales. The module was then evaluated to measure its success in raising awareness of issues and how the training may influence future classroom practice to best support these children. Such a study helps teachers to understand the underlying causes of some behavioural and developmental traits, allowing them to address and support each child appropriately. This research was undertaken through a comprehensive review of literature and the implementation of "action research". Research methods included quantitative questionnaires (trainee teachers), semi structured interviews (teachers) and a focus group and online forum with parents of adopted children. The results highlighted lack of awareness among teachers of the impact of separation. These teachers were generally interested to discover more but none had received any formal traíning. The main recommendation of the research findings was the requirement for teachers to receive structured training with regard to these children in order to support their behavioural and social well being, improving their long-term academic prognosis.
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