Schooling and refugees : engaging with the complex trajectories of globalisation

Sidhu, Ravinder, Taylor, Sandra C., & Christie, Pam (2011) Schooling and refugees : engaging with the complex trajectories of globalisation. Global Studies of Childhood, 1(2), pp. 92-103.

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This paper examines the complexities associated with educating a mobile and politically marginalised population, refugee students, in the state of Queensland, Australia. Historically, schools have been national institutions concerned with social reproduction and citizenship formation with a focus on spatially fixed populations. While education authorities in much of the developed world now acknowledge the need to prepare students for a more interconnected world of work and opportunity, they have largely failed to provide systemic support for one category of children on the move - refugees. We begin this paper with a discussion of forced migration and its links with ‘globalisation’. We then present our research findings about the educational challenges confronting individual refugee youth and schools in Queensland. This is followed with a summary of good practice in refugee education. The paper concludes with a discussion of how nation-states might play a more active role in facilitating transitions to citizenship for refugee youth.

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ID Code: 43923
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: refugees, globalisation, forced migration, schooling
DOI: 10.2304/gsch.2011.1.2.92
ISSN: 2043-6106
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Symposium Journals
Deposited On: 11 Aug 2011 22:41
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2011 00:58

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