Street Children in Trinidad and Tobago: The Importance of Positive Peer Pressure

By Gabriel Julien.

Published by The Learner Collection

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To try to better understand the lifestyle of street children an action research, over three years, was undertaken among five street children in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. Data revealed that positive peer reinforcement could assist street children to reform their lives. Very often a complex and negative pattern seem to overshadow these children. It is argued that more people – professionals and non-professionals could get more involve in the lives of street children in order to be an agent of change.

Keywords: Street Children, Positive Peer Influence

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp.29-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 567.648KB).

Dr. Gabriel Julien

Principal (Secondary) Part-time lecturer, Ministry of Education, Arthur Loc Jack School Graduate Business, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

Gabriel Julien Ph.D., was an educator in a Secondary School, for some ten years. He served as Vice Principal in a Secondary School for three years. At present he is the Principal of a Secondary School. He has done extensive action research among street children in Trinidad and certain parts of Latin America. As part of his research, Dr. Julien spent significant time listening to children and trying to decode their voices as accurately as possible. Today, he continues to work among street children in his own country. Dr. Julien is a part-time lecturer at the Arthur Loc Jack School of Graduate Business and also at the School of Continuing Studies, University of the West Indies. He is also an external evaluator with the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago.


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