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