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ERIC Number: EJ855161
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug-15
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Exploring the Special Needs of African Refugee Children in U.S. Schools
Tadesse, Selamawit; Hoot, James; Watson-Thompson, Ocie
Childhood Education, v85 n6 p352 Aug 2009
Unlike most immigrants, who come to host countries after being granted legal permanent residency, refugees are forced to leave their homelands, often abruptly, due to threats to their personal safety. Refugees enter their host countries with no prior arrangements in place (e.g., housing, financial support of relatives, opportunities to start studying the local language) to assist them in the process of relocating. Perhaps one of the most important issues for refugee families is how to ease the transition to the new nation for their loved ones, especially their children. This article shares knowledge gained through a study of the views of African refugee parents and Head Start teachers regarding the early education of African refugee children in American schools. The authors also discuss how teachers of young children can more effectively collaborate with increasing numbers of African refugee families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; United States