This contribution studies the social representation of residential education for adolescent at risk, in a group of 130 students training to become educators. The students performed q-sorts (free grouping of items) utilizing 73 cards. On each card was written a negative behavior of the adolescents (22 cards), a positive behavior (21 cards) or and educational act (30 card). Similarities between items were defined by the number of respondents placing the items together in the same group (simple co-occurence); dissimilarities between respondents were defined by the pairbond measure for distance between categorizations. Scaling the items regarding adolescent behavior resulted in a configuration which grouped items in life areas such as "aggression", "respect for the house rules" and so on. The educational acts showed a different organization in terms of interaction style between educators and adolescent- symmetric as between equals or asymmetric as hierarchical- and by interaction intensity, from non conflictual collaboration to stressful relations. The paper presents evidence that these two configurations could underly the sort of nearly all (90%) respondents, and discusses the relevance of these results with respect to the proposal made by exponents of the structural approach to social representations

Student's social representations of education in residential care for adolescents at risk / SCHADEE H; BASTIANONI P; TAURINO A. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1723-7254. - (2006), pp. 77-100.

Student's social representations of education in residential care for adolescents at risk

TAURINO, Alessandro
2006

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This contribution studies the social representation of residential education for adolescent at risk, in a group of 130 students training to become educators. The students performed q-sorts (free grouping of items) utilizing 73 cards. On each card was written a negative behavior of the adolescents (22 cards), a positive behavior (21 cards) or and educational act (30 card). Similarities between items were defined by the number of respondents placing the items together in the same group (simple co-occurence); dissimilarities between respondents were defined by the pairbond measure for distance between categorizations. Scaling the items regarding adolescent behavior resulted in a configuration which grouped items in life areas such as "aggression", "respect for the house rules" and so on. The educational acts showed a different organization in terms of interaction style between educators and adolescent- symmetric as between equals or asymmetric as hierarchical- and by interaction intensity, from non conflictual collaboration to stressful relations. The paper presents evidence that these two configurations could underly the sort of nearly all (90%) respondents, and discusses the relevance of these results with respect to the proposal made by exponents of the structural approach to social representations
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