The importance of Belonging - A case study of high achieving upper secondary school students in Oslo
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The importance of belonging attempts to answer the research question “How do youth in higher academic achieving upper-secondary-schools view the concepts of belonging and unbelonging. Seen through the lens of Photovoice and accomplished by semi-informal interviews.” This has been accomplished by using literature from multiple fields relating to concepts of belonging, unbelonging the benefits and consequences from these concepts. This thesis takes a modern approach with nods to history to explain normative culture in Norway and how the culture’s attitudes play a part in concepts of belonging. The main focus of this thesis is to explain belonging through the eyes of the students, in two high achieving upper secondary schools in Oslo. Therefore, concepts of belonging have primarily been geared towards school belonging, school connectedness and towards themes like bullying and discrimination. The students interviewed were from different backgrounds, and the thesis had a focus on students with minority backgrounds; however, ethnic Norwegian students, adopted Norwegians, 1st, 2nd, 3rd migrants and refugees were interviewed for this study. In lieu of this, the student participated in a photo project named photovoice to easier explain their own interpretation of concepts like belonging and unbelonging. The importance of belonging focuses not on “one” issue that needs to be solved but rather on identifying stories and experiences the students might have encountered at this specific time the interviews were conducted, and how the data collected fit into the academic world.