ERIC Number: ED423320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
In the Midst of the Whirlwind: A Manual for Helping Refugee Children.
This manual is written with the aim of providing a framework for understanding the situation of refugee children, assessing their difficulties, and making plans to help them. There is a special emphasis on the role of teachers because school plays such a central role in children's well-being. Section 1 of the manual looks at the varied experiences of refugees and how these affect children's development and family life. Chapter 2, "Background," introduces the background of refugees in Britain and discusses issues about gaining asylum and the current social situation of refugees. Chapter 3, "Families," discusses the experiences undergone by adults and how these affect family relationships and functioning. Chapter 4, "Children's Lives," looks at the impact of past and current experiences on child development and how children cope with adversity. Chapter 5, "Communities," discusses the ways in which communities are affected by their experiences, and Chapter 6, "Who Am I? Issues Around Identity," explores issues of identity changes in acculturation and generational differences. Section 2 of the book discusses aspects of support for children and families. Chapter 7, "Communication and Understanding," discusses communication between refugees and the host country. Chapter 8, "Working with Interpreters," discusses issues affecting the work of interpreters. Chapter 9, "Ways of Helping Refugee Children and Families," reviews factors that affect children and how they cope with adversity, especially in school. Chapter 10, "I'm Going to School," deals with parents' and children's hopes and disappointments about school, and Chapter 11,"How School Helps," deals with general school policies that promote security and well-being. Chapter 12, "How Activities Help," discusses the therapeutic influence of creative and recreational activities. Chapter 13, "Assessing Refugee Children," reviews the complexities of assessing the learning of refugee children. Chapter 14, "Giving Extra Help," discusses the kinds of help available for children and families experiencing difficulties, with emphasis on the ways school can help. Chapter 15, "Children in Care," deals with refugee children who are unaccompanied or unsupported by family. Chapter 16 presents conclusions about responding to the needs of displaced children. (Contains 81 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Children, Coping, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Influence, Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Refugees, School Role, Student Attitudes, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
Trentham Books Limited, Westview House, 734 London Road, Oakhill, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England ST4 5NP.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A