Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Ed.

Department

Education

First Advisor

Zhou, George

Keywords

Education, Emotional challenges, Integration, Learning challenges, Pre-migration and post-migration experiences, Socio-cultural challenges, Somali refugee students

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative research was to investigate the challenges and experiences of Somali refugee students as they integrate into Canadian English elementary public schools. The method of data collection in this study was one-on-one interviews. A total of seven Somali refugee students were interviewed. The exploration into the participants' experiences revealed that they faced many pre-migration challenges in refugee camps before resettling in Canada, as well as post-migration challenges with settlement and integration into Canadian culture and school systems. Members of the school community, including educators, administrators, and students, have a major role to play in supporting Somali refugee students with their integration into the school system. As a result of this investigation, I recommend eight practical low to no-cost strategies and approaches that are useful for schools and educators to support the integration of Somali refugee students into Canadian English elementary public schools.

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