ERIC Number: EJ785639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 13
Characteristics of Adolescent Sierra Leonean Refugees in Public Schools in New York City
Davies, Amy Z.
Education and Urban Society, v40 n3 p361-376 2008
The tendency to view immigrant students as a monolithic group has masked the needs of specific groups of students. This study gives visibility to Sierra Leonean refugee students and indicates to policy makers, administrators, and teachers provisions that would facilitate the students' integration into the school system in the United States. The research questions are explored through interviews with teachers and students and observations at the school. The results indicate that a caring school environment is crucial for counteracting the traumatic effects of war, thus promoting learning, and that limited proficiency in English caused by interrupted schooling is the greatest barrier to integration.
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Teacher Attitudes, Refugees, Immigrants, Student Characteristics, Acculturation, Limited English Speaking, Adolescents, Urban Schools, Self Concept, War, Violence, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Student Attitudes
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Identifiers - Location: New York; Sierra Leone; United States