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ERIC Number: EJ812184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1367-6261
Living in the NOW: Young People from Refugee Backgrounds Pursuing Respect, Risk and Fun
Ramirez, Marcela; Matthews, Julie
Journal of Youth Studies, v11 n1 p83-92 Feb 2008
Narrating Our World (NOW) was an arts-based project that attempted to understand the educational experience of refugee young people. This article reflects on understandings generated during the course of the project. Rather than seeking a direct and explicit means of discussing young people's experience, the project made a deliberate effort to create a flexible and open space for activity and discussion led by the interests and enthusiasm of participants. Researchers found that, when given the choice, young people did not express negative experiences but preferred instead to present their interests, endeavours and hopes for the future in a positive light. They did not dwell in the past but used the programme to make the most of the opportunity to have fun and create connections. These connections were an unexpected and valuable outcome of the project. Young people were found to be actively negotiating and engaging with their new home, they appreciated the respect we showed them, they took risks and had fun. They are not dwelling or living in the past but are very much part of the present.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia