How Schools Foster Refugee Resilience
This research aims to investigate how schools transcend refugee students' past life experiences by creating the social and educational conditions that enhance their resilience. It will focus on the policies, practices, relationships, and events that shape the schooling experiences of refugee students and promote their resilience. The study will provide education sectors, schools, and refugee service providers with crucial new knowledge about how school-based policies and practices can foster refugee student resilience. Outcomes of this project will include the development of research-based guides to good policy and practice in refugee education, and improved educational and social outcomes for refugee students.
By investigating the work of schools that successfully resettle and include refugee students, the research will provide positive case studies that overcome problem-focused responses to the needs of refugee students. The research will offer other schools an alternative vision about how to create the conditions that promote refugee student resilience. It will enhance the schooling experiences of current and future refugee students and promote a more tolerant and inclusive multicultural Australia.