Schooling and the settlement of refugee young people in Queensland: '... the challenges are massive'

Taylor, Sandra C. (2008) Schooling and the settlement of refugee young people in Queensland: '... the challenges are massive'. Social Alternatives, 27(3), pp. 58-65.

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This article reports on two phases of a larger research project on refugee education in Queensland. The first phase of the project investigated policy and provision relating to refugee education. The second phase of the research focused on how the complex educational needs of refugee young people were being addressed in state high schools in Brisbane. The paper draws on interviews conducted with teachers and community workers working in schools with significant numbers of refugee young people. Problems with current policies and provision in refugee education experienced by teachers and community workers are outlined. Drawing on insights from recent UK research, the article suggests ways in which systems and schools could provide more effective support for refugee students in mainstream schools. It is argued that schools could play a crucial role in supporting transitions to belonging and citizenship for refugee young people, but that this will require more support from governments and systems in the form of appropriate policies and strategies, and the provision of adequate resources.

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ID Code: 18222
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: refugees, education, settlement
ISSN: 0155-0306
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Social Alternatives
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2009 01:41
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:48

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