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The International Journal of Arts & Sciences (IJAS) shall host its annual multidisciplinary conference at the Casa Convalescencia - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Campus, Sant Antoni Maria Claret 171, Barcelona, from 23 to 26 May 2016. To print the program according to date, venue (i.e., room) or type of presentation, click here.

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Monday, May 23 • 12:00pm - 12:15pm
ELEMENTS OF TURKISH SCHOOL COUNSELORS' 'STREET WORKING CHILDREN' NARRATIVES: A QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS

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PRE-CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (APRIL 2016)

As defined by UNICEF, street working children (SWC) are “children who spend most of their time on the streets, fending for themselves, but returning home on a regular basis.” Bursa, one of the biggest and most industrialized cities of Turkey, is also one of the most important centers of immigrant settlement in this country. Therefore, SWC in Bursa seems one of the most visible signs of immigration problems. The present study emerged from a wider project named “Before tomorrow is too late”, concerned with examining the needs of schools, families and police department to develop a comprehensive strategy to prevent and solve the situation of “street working children” in Bursa. The study carried out in partnership with Uludağ University who has responsibility for the management of the whole project. The Provincial Police Department -Juvenile Division -, the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, and Bursa Metropolitan Municipality were also supporting partners to the project. Constituting the school module of the project, this qualitative study involved 2 male and 4 female school counselors who had worked with SWC from 6 months to 5 years. The use of semistructured interviews and basic interpretive analysis revealed 7 themes: School counselors’ narratives on their own professional competencies; on their schools; on characteristics of SWC; on characteristics of the families of SWC; on peer relationships of SWC; on teacher qualifications of SWC; and on their needs and suggestions on the psychological and recreational services provided for SWC. Results hope to give voice to school counselors working with SWC to share their experiences with agencies and decision makers.


Monday May 23, 2016 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Room 18 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Campus, Sant Antoni Maria Claret 171, Barcelona