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ERIC Number: EJ763449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1467-5986
"I See Myself as a Different Person Who [Has] Acquired a Lot ...": Somali Female Students' Journeys to Belonging
Oikonomidoy, Eleni
Intercultural Education, v18 n1 p15-27 Mar 2007
How do refugee students construct their lives in school in their host country? What are some difficulties that they face and how do they respond to those? Findings of a qualitative study conducted with female refugee students from Somalia indicate that students are to varying degrees active agents in the construction of their lives in a US urban school. Although they do experience religious discrimination, they find creative ways to respond to it and, despite the fact that learning English is an initial obstacle in their lives in their host country, they tend to be successful in acquiring the new language. These findings problematize the perception of students as passive victims of the structural forces that inform their lives. At the same time, they challenge educators to seek ways that could make schools positive contexts of reception of refugee and immigrant students. Although the study focuses on the experiences of refugee students with distinct cultural characteristics in the US, the issues raised may provide a window to understanding the experiences of newcomer students in other parts of the world. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Somalia; United States