Research Topic

Serving Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations in Social and Educational Contexts

About this Research Topic

There is evidence that the global COVID-19 crisis is exacerbating existing inequalities and marginalization of vulnerable groups, including exceptional learners, stateless, street, migrant, and refugee children and youths, and the limited use of frameworks of emergency planning with and for marginalized and at-risk individuals. These challenges are multi-sectoral and intersecting, and they require multi- and interdisciplinary interventions to inform inclusive responses. These issues include being at a greater risk of excluding vulnerable learners from gaining access to equitable education (online/remote and blended education). Intersecting forms of discrimination such as gender, socioeconomic and legal status further exacerbate the problem. This has alerted us to examine the living conditions of marginalized and vulnerable populations around the globe, and to reveal their experiences, problems, and needs from an educational perspective, thus bringing insights into their vulnerabilities during the pandemic.

This Research Topic will focus on interdisciplinary research articles on vulnerable and marginalized populations. The Research Topic recognizes that dealing with vulnerable children and youths at risk is a global concern, especially during crises, wars, and pandemics. The current COVID-19 pandemic has put a tremendous strain on most scholars and educational institutions in dealing with exceptional learners, refugees, and other marginalized populations. Teachers, counselors, and practitioners have encountered major challenges and obstacles in dealing with and helping these vulnerable people.

This Research Topic aims to address the educational and socio-emotional needs of marginalized, vulnerable, at-risk, and exceptional learners during and after crises. Also, it provides much-needed interdisciplinary evidence-based studies on vulnerable and marginalized children and youths, specifically in relation to education, psychology, and emotional wellbeing, social work, health, and welfare issues. This collection aims to be widely consulted for cutting-edge research studies and effective policy and intervention articles. The Research Topic is intended to be useful to scholars, policymakers, psychologists, educators, sociologists, advocates, and professional practitioners in developing and developed countries that are diverse in culture, ethnic background, and languages.

The Research Topic addresses a variety of issues including the psychological, educational, sociological, health, gender, cultural, and economic aspects of vulnerable and marginalized children and adolescents in developed and developing countries.

We will target interdisciplinary studies and themes that focus on marginalized and vulnerable students whom we believe should receive our utmost attention and care, including but not limited to:

(a) gifted girls,
(b) gifted underachievers,
(c) exceptional and twice-exceptional learners,
(e) migrants, displaced, and refugees,
(f) homeless, orphans, and street children or teenagers; and
(g) minority and socio-economic disadvantaged.
(h) college students with disabilities
(i) abused children and adolescents.
(j) others with health problems.

We welcome original research articles, empirical reports, systematic reviews, theoretical and methodological reports, policy papers, and reviews.


Keywords: Exceptional, Refugee, Street Children, Stateless, Vulnerable Learners


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

There is evidence that the global COVID-19 crisis is exacerbating existing inequalities and marginalization of vulnerable groups, including exceptional learners, stateless, street, migrant, and refugee children and youths, and the limited use of frameworks of emergency planning with and for marginalized and at-risk individuals. These challenges are multi-sectoral and intersecting, and they require multi- and interdisciplinary interventions to inform inclusive responses. These issues include being at a greater risk of excluding vulnerable learners from gaining access to equitable education (online/remote and blended education). Intersecting forms of discrimination such as gender, socioeconomic and legal status further exacerbate the problem. This has alerted us to examine the living conditions of marginalized and vulnerable populations around the globe, and to reveal their experiences, problems, and needs from an educational perspective, thus bringing insights into their vulnerabilities during the pandemic.

This Research Topic will focus on interdisciplinary research articles on vulnerable and marginalized populations. The Research Topic recognizes that dealing with vulnerable children and youths at risk is a global concern, especially during crises, wars, and pandemics. The current COVID-19 pandemic has put a tremendous strain on most scholars and educational institutions in dealing with exceptional learners, refugees, and other marginalized populations. Teachers, counselors, and practitioners have encountered major challenges and obstacles in dealing with and helping these vulnerable people.

This Research Topic aims to address the educational and socio-emotional needs of marginalized, vulnerable, at-risk, and exceptional learners during and after crises. Also, it provides much-needed interdisciplinary evidence-based studies on vulnerable and marginalized children and youths, specifically in relation to education, psychology, and emotional wellbeing, social work, health, and welfare issues. This collection aims to be widely consulted for cutting-edge research studies and effective policy and intervention articles. The Research Topic is intended to be useful to scholars, policymakers, psychologists, educators, sociologists, advocates, and professional practitioners in developing and developed countries that are diverse in culture, ethnic background, and languages.

The Research Topic addresses a variety of issues including the psychological, educational, sociological, health, gender, cultural, and economic aspects of vulnerable and marginalized children and adolescents in developed and developing countries.

We will target interdisciplinary studies and themes that focus on marginalized and vulnerable students whom we believe should receive our utmost attention and care, including but not limited to:

(a) gifted girls,
(b) gifted underachievers,
(c) exceptional and twice-exceptional learners,
(e) migrants, displaced, and refugees,
(f) homeless, orphans, and street children or teenagers; and
(g) minority and socio-economic disadvantaged.
(h) college students with disabilities
(i) abused children and adolescents.
(j) others with health problems.

We welcome original research articles, empirical reports, systematic reviews, theoretical and methodological reports, policy papers, and reviews.


Keywords: Exceptional, Refugee, Street Children, Stateless, Vulnerable Learners


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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20 August 2021 Abstract
18 December 2021 Manuscript

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20 August 2021 Abstract
18 December 2021 Manuscript

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