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Professional perspectives: The educational experiences of Mexican refugee claimant children in Montreal

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Professional perspectives: The educational experiences of Mexican refugee claimant children in Montreal

Gonzalez Bychkova, Nina (2014) Professional perspectives: The educational experiences of Mexican refugee claimant children in Montreal. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis is based on the schooling experiences of Mexican elementary school refugee claimant children in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It gathers perspectives from professionals who support them through the refugee determination process, including three teachers, a social worker, and an immigration lawyer. From an educational standpoint, the research questions examine the adaptation process, the cultural and linguistic barriers affecting students’ schooling experience, and the resources available to teachers. I interviewed participants at their workplace, allowing them to express their experiences of working with Mexican refugee claimant families and their children with specific reference to the children’s schooling experiences and performance in school. The research shows that refugee claimant families are subject to severe amounts of stress due to their traumatic past and uncertain future. This affects all family members; children bring this stress to school, evidently affecting their performance and general involvement at school. All respondents suggest that the children’s academic success depends on the family and the importance the family attaches to education. Teachers also believe that the lack of knowledge of the French language poses roadblocks for these children’s learning. The recommendations stemming from this research include the need to create an umbrella organisation that would provide information directly to teachers regarding this specific population and the importance of Canadian professionals building trustworthy relationships with these families. This timely research can provide information to policymakers, teachers, and other professionals involved with the refugee determination process, and future research, thus contributing to a healthier multicultural Quebec society.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Gonzalez Bychkova, Nina
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Educational Studies
Date:31 March 2014
Thesis Supervisor(s):Cleghorn, Ailie
Keywords:refugee claimants, Mexicans, Education For All (EFA), umbrella organisation, cultural deficit theory, Maslow’s hierarchy of basic needs
ID Code:978394
Deposited By: NINA GONZALEZ
Deposited On:26 Jun 2014 20:19
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:46

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