Provision of quality education in the context of Syrian refugee children in the UK: opportunities and challenges

Madziva, Roda and Thondhlana, Juliet (2017) Provision of quality education in the context of Syrian refugee children in the UK: opportunities and challenges. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education . ISSN 1469-3623

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Abstract

While existing research has shown the importance of the three interrelated domains of the wider policy, the school and home/community environments in the development of quality education for learners, this literature does not fully capture the experiences of the refugee population. In this article we focus on a group of Syrian refugees that came as part of the first large cohort that was welcomed in the UK in December 2015. We adapt Tikly’s quality education frameworks and develop a model that highlights not only the importance of the three intersecting environments, but also the specific inputs/processes that are critical to achieving quality education for refugees. In so doing, we stress the critical role of English as a tool for refugee children’s inclusion and integration in schools. Consequently, the contribution of the paper is an understanding of the inputs/processes that are key to the development of quality education for migrant/refugee children.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education on 18.09.2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03057925.2017.1375848
Keywords: Quality education; Refugee children; Syrian refugees; English as an additional language; Refugee integration
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Social Policy
Identification Number: 10.1080/03057925.2017.1375848
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2017 10:08
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2017 17:45
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/45400

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