Approaches to the Education of asylum seeker children in Slovakia and the UK: a cross-cultural comparison

Foster, R. and Kovalcikova, I. (2007) Approaches to the Education of asylum seeker children in Slovakia and the UK: a cross-cultural comparison. Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe Annual Conference. Citizenship Education in Society, 23rd January, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France.

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Abstract

This paper explores approaches to the education of asylum seekers in an established member of the European Union, the U.K., and a new member, Slovakia. The investigation looks first at policy frameworks in the two countries - official government documents, national and local guidance. The second section takes case study examples from the two contexts and explores the issues and challenges of educating asylum seeker children via the perspectives and experiences of children, parents and teachers. The findings reveal significant difficulties at both policy and local provision levels. However, the school case studies provide grounds for cautious optimism that the inclusion of asylum seeker pupils into the life of the school can be a positive experience for all concerned.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Education
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2010 08:16
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/602

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