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Isobel Crealy

Year of Award: 2014 Award State: New South Wales Education > Tertiary And Adult
The Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to investigate language and cultural inclusion programs illustrating best practice in the integration of adolescent refugee students - Canada, USA
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This study attempts to identify best practice in the development of language and cultural inclusion programs to assist in adolescent refugee integration. Its intention is to inform and form part of future educational and community programs and policies, made more germane by the anticipated increase in refugee arrivals to Australia.

A crucial component of this project was the first-hand observation and discussion with teachers and administrators as to how they saw current teaching practice impact on refugee student learning. Accordingly, I visited a number of school districts in Salt Lake City and Toronto where I compared and benchmarked classroom- and school-based approaches and initiatives. I also visited university departments conducting research in Refugee Studies, Cultural Psychology and Education, as well as providing pre-service teachers with information and training about refugee issues. I consulted with academics as to the nexus between research, integration and practice in terms of refugee integration and the empowering of minority groups and the adolescent members of these groups.

 

Finally, this research involved semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders and not-for-profit administrators that work in collaboration with refugee communities. These interviews identified successful community-centred programs seeking to engage adolescent refugees with the wider community and the education system. They allowed too for the mapping of successful partnerships and collaborations that occur across – inter alia – the social services, education, and health sectors.

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