Jenna Furtado

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Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies: Research Proposal

Research Statement

“How do the psychological, economic, and medical issues which arise from being a child in the care of the ministry affect how soon he/she leaves the education system?”


  • To compare different aspects of how children in care are affected by their circumstances and how these affect their education
  • To identify common factors amongst psychological, economic, and medical research which affect the educational outcomes of children in care
  • To determine if there would be appropriate interventions which align with these common factors in order to increase the likelihood of children in care graduating high school

Rationale for Interdisciplinary approach

The three disciplines chosen (psychological, economic, and medical) all play an important role in the development of children, and therefore, could affect a child’s ability to learn and to cope in a school environment with other children and adults around.

Identification of Relevant disciplines

  • Psychology: Analyzes the psychological impacts of being a child in the care of the Ministry
  • Economics: Examines the role that poverty takes in educational outcomes of children
  • Medical: Evaluates developmental factors which are common in children in the care of the Ministry

Project OUtline

  1. Introduction
    1. Statement of the Problem
    2. Definition of Terms
    3. Theoretical Framework (Eg, Attachment Theory)
    4. Methodology
      1. Type of Research
      2. Respondents
      3. Surveys/Interviews
    5. Review of Related Literature
    6. Scope and Limitations
    7. Significance of the Study
  2. Body
    1. Background of the Study
    2. Presentation and Analysis of Data
  3. Conclusion
    1. Concluding Statement
      1. Analytical Summary
      2. Thesis Reworded
    2. Recommendations

Working Reference List

Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, December 2014.

Ferguson, et. al. (2007). The Impact of Poverty on Educational Outcomes for Children. Pediatric Child Health, 12(8), pp 701-706,

Hwami, Munyaradzi (2018). Educating Children and Youth in Care in Alberta: A Scoping Review. Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education, 13 (1), ISSN 1718-4770, pp 3-22. Retrieved from

Mitic, W. & Rimer, M. (2002). The Educational Attainment of Children in Care in British Columbia. Child & Youth Care Forum, 31(6), pp 397-414,

O’Higgins, A., Sebba. J., & Luke, N. (2015). What is the relationship between being in care and the educational outcomes of children? Retrieved from University of Oxford website:

Peristeris, Konstantina. (2015). Identifying the Needs of Children in Foster Care to Inform Teaching Practices. (Master’s thesis). Retrieved from York University website:

Ramsay-Irving, Mary. (2015). The Foster Care Systems are Failing Foster Children: The Implications and Practical Solutions for Better Outcomes of Youth in Care. Canadian Journal of Family and Youth, 7(1), pp 55-86,

Rutman, D. & Hubberstey, C. (2016). Fostering Success: Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth in/from Care. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria. Retrieved from

Schofield G., & Beek, M. (2008). Growing up in Foster Care: Providing a Secure Base Through Adolescence. Child and Family Social Work, 14, pp 255–266. Retrieved from

Szilagyi, M. (2015). Health Care Issues for Children and Adolescents in Foster Care and Kinship Care. Pediatrics. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-2655. Retrieved from

Van IJzendoorn, M., et al. (2014). Children in Institutional Care: Delayed Development
and Resilience. Monogr Soc Res Child Dev. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2014 Aug 12.
Published in final edited form as: Monogr Soc Res Child Dev. 2011 Dec; 76(4): 8–30.doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5834.2011.00626.x. Retrieved from




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