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ERIC Number: EJ1162958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1918-2902
Learning to Work with Immigrant Families: An Experiment in Experiential Learning
Ali, Mehrunnisa A.; Bishop, Susan; Martin, Beth
Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v8 n3 Article 4 Jun 2017
This study examined what students in three professional programs--Nursing, Social Work, and Early Childhood Studies--could learn about working with immigrant families using narrative inquiry as a heuristic device. Data collected from the students in focus groups demonstrated their capacity for ethical caring by recognizing individual characteristics of immigrant families, becoming more self-aware in interactions with them, and noticing institutional practices from the families' perspectives. The students also began to realize the uncertainties of professional practice, which could help promote the habit of reflection. Findings suggest that the experiment was worthwhile, albeit limited by self-reported data, a small sample, and a short duration.
University of Western Ontario and Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Mills Memorial Library Room 504, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6, Canada. Tel: 905-525-9140; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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