Recent immigrants and refugees — both children and their families — often struggle to adapt to Canadian education systems. For their part, educators also face challenges when developing effective strategies to help these students make smooth transitions to their new country.
Immigrant and Refugee Students in Canada, researchers join educators and social workers to provide a thorough and wide-ranging analysis of the issues at the preschool, elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels. By understanding these issues within the unique Canadian context, educators can work more effectively with newcomers trying to find their way.
This book pursues three lines of inquiry:
What are the main challenges that immigrant and refugee children and families face in the Canadian education system?
What are the common aspects of successful intervention?
What can we learn from the narratives of researchers, educators, social workers, and other frontline workers who work with immigrant and refugee families?
About Courtney Anne Brewer
About Michael McCabe
Table of Contents
|1 Introduction: Working together to navigate the Canadian education system||12|
|2 School readiness: A review of literature||18|
|3 Immigrant students’ health: An overview of the need to improve our awareness and response to the health of immigrant children and their families within the educational context||31|
|4 School-based interventions for refugee children and youth: Canadian and international perspectives||42|
|5 Immigrant mothers’ use of a discussion group in becoming school ready||65|
|6 Matching policies to needs in early childhood development programs in newcomer populations||76|
|7 Cultural negotiations of sense of place through shared parent–child art-making in a preschool for immigrant children||100|
|8 African refugee women’s songs and stories: Possibilities for diversifying literacy practices in early childhood education||123|
|9 Refugee families with preschool children: Looking back||140|
|10 Refugee students in Canadian schools: Educational issues and challenges||158|
|11 The value of language in refugee youth’s construction of identity||172|
|12 The Accelerated Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) program in the Waterloo Region District School Board||185|
|13 Building community capacity to support Karen refugee youth in schools||194|
|14 Fostering solidarity in the classroom: Creative expression workshops for immigrant and refugee students||213|
|15 “More than winning the lottery”: The academic experiences of refugee youth in Canadian universities||231|
|16 Managing expectations through building cultural competencies||260|
|17 How do I get in? Exploring the underemployment of immigrant teachers in Canada||272|