Social justice implications for educational psychologists working with orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to discuss the social justice implications for educational psychologists working with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) who comprise 3.7 million of the population in South Africa. The author begins with a global conceptualisation of social justice and then discusses the nature of social justice in South Africa. This is followed by an exploration of social justice within the discipline of educational psychology and how it would apply to the contexts of OVC, especially taking their psychosocial and educational challenges into consideration. These challenges allude to the point that educational psychologists have to be active agents of social justice who advocate for better learning and development opportunities for OVC to succeed in life. Thus, the social justice implications for educational psychologists working with OVC are discussed. In concluding, the author points out the global value of this article noting that OVC and educational psychologists are prevalent across the globe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-52
Number of pages16
JournalSchool Psychology International
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • educational psychologists
  • orphans and vulnerable children
  • social justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental Health

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