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Supporting Refugee Children

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Stewart has done an exemplary job of bringing to light the difficulties refugee children experience upon resettlement... A highly commendable piece of work. -- Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg Jan Stewart's work is at once scholarly, profoundly moving, and practical. It is helpful not only to Canadian educators and administrators, but also to those in other countries of resettlement. -- J. Lynn McBrien, College of Education, University of South Florida Essential reading for all educators. With passion and understanding, Stewart shows how young refugees see education as their hope for the future, yet are frequently failed or re-victimized by the education system. Filled with insight and practical suggestions, this book lights the way toward a more humane approach to education. -- Michael Wessells, Columbia University Program on Forced Migration and Health If we really care about refugee students in our classrooms, we must rethink and reshape our understanding of learning so that our teaching links more fundamentally to the experiences of refugees. Stewart's book responds to this call in a thoughtful and caring manner, providing an insightful classroom-oriented resource for educators and offering a balance of theory, research, and recommendations for practice. -- Grace Feuerverger, Ontario Institute for the Studies of Education, University of Toronto Anyone forced to flee repression in their home country-anyone forced to leave everything behind-dies a little. When I was a child, my family and I had to gather all of our strength and what little we had to escape to Canada. We relied on the understanding and generosity of those who welcomed us. This book portrays those hardships and shows how the slightest kind gesture or compassionate word can make an enormous difference. -- The Rt. Honourable Michaelle Jean, UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations List of Tables Foreword, Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire (Retired) Prologue: Sokut's Story Part One: Theory and Research * Children and Armed Conflict * Pre-Migration, Trans-Migration, and Post-Migration * Educational Issues and Challenges * Psychosocial and Environmental Challenges * Systems, Structures, and Programs that Assist with Adjustment * Interaction of Ecological Systems to Influence Development Part Two: Praxis * Lessons Focused on Self-Expression and Personal Awareness * Lessons To Help Work Through Difficult Issues * Lessons on Accomplishments, Resilience, and Support Systems * Culminating Lessons, Looking Forward, and Promoting Peace * Recommendations for Policy and Practice Annotated Bibliography References Index

About the Author

Jan Stewart is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. The recipient of the 2010 Marsha Hanen Global Dialogue and Ethics Award, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher preparation and counsellor education and is the author of numerous books, including The Tough Stuff Series (2000), The STARS Program (1999, 2003), and the bestselling The Anger Workout Book for Teens (2002). For more information on the author, visit

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