Educational Experience of Refugee Adolescents: An Exploratory Study

By Diana Krajewski Lockwood.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This presentation describes findings of an exploratory study conducted with a sample of refugee students now living in the Atlanta area of the United States. The purpose of the study was to gain an understanding of the school experience of young refugees in the United States and how they perceive their educators’ knowledge, attitude, and efforts in addressing their culturally diverse needs. Results of the study indicate that the American education system still needs to equip prospective teachers to understand how to address the needs of all children in our increasingly pluralistic schools. Data collected was in narrative form and based on the personal experience of a small, self-selected sample of immigrant students, therefore, results may not be generalized. Nevertheless, findings can be used as a baseline for future, more rigorous study with refugee adolescent populations. Due to the exploratory nature and small sample, the limitations of this study are outlined. Suggestions for reform of traditional instruction are offered.

Keywords: Education and Racism, Refugees, Teaching Refugees, Adolescent Refugees, Racism in Schools, Adolescent Education, Education Reform

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.65-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 653.789KB).

Diana Krajewski Lockwood

Graduate Student, Education, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA, USA

Diana Lockwood currently teaches at a preschool school in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Her professional interests include teaching and research in multicultural education. She has conducted research at the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti,Michigan, has presented results of her research at several conferences in Michigan and Georgia, and has published numerous newspaper articles. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Written Communication and Imaginative Writing with a minor in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University, a Master’s degree in American Literature from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, and is a current graduate student in Education at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia.

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