Being a Refugee: Learning and Identity: A longitudinal study by Linda Morrice

By Linda Morrice

Being a Refugee bargains an image of the lives of refugees ahead of and when they arrive within the united kingdom. the folk featured are all hugely certified pros and, like every refugees, their own tales are formed via their designated biographical, cultural and social backgrounds. but every one narrative is lived in the large social template of what it capability to be a refugee in modern Britain. And their reviews as refugees have major implications for coverage and perform.

Through existence heritage and longitudinal research, Being a Refugee powerfully demanding situations the stereotyped photographs of refugees. It exhibits how and what the refugees examine, and the techniques they undertake as they construct workable and revered identities for themselves in a brand new social and cultural house.

The ebook presents an outline of coverage in terms of asylum and immigration matters and divulges the usually accidental and contradictory influence of coverage on refugees’ lives. crucial interpreting for coverage makers, execs and everybody desirous about refugee welfare, it's also priceless for educational researchers with an curiosity in lifelong studying, larger schooling, lifestyles historical past, id and migration stories.

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The liberal humanist perspective expressed in Rogers’ ideas on education was particularly popular during the 1960s and 1970s, and the ideas remain influential. In particular the role of the individual’s experience in the learning process and the image of the self-directed, autonomous learner still have a powerful presence in both humanist and radical adult education (Usher, Bryant and Johnston, 2002). The learner in this paradigm has a central role as a meaning maker: interpreting and building frames of reference and constructing knowledge.

32 being a refugee 234 x 156 23/8/12 12:22 pm Page 33 3 Perspectives on learning great many different approaches and theories attempt to capture the complex set of processes involved in human learning. Each perspective foregrounds different elements of the whole, be it the individual or socio-cultural context, social interaction, formality or informality of context and so on. This chapter examines key ideas and perspectives which provide a backdrop for illuminating the learning and identity processes associated with being a refugee.

This gives rise to what Zetter calls a ‘here and there belonging’ of refugees where belonging/home are complex notions decoupled from locality and physical entity. He describes the way in which refugees manage multiple identities: 22 being a refugee 234 x 156 23/8/12 12:22 pm Page 23 THE CHANGING CONTEXT OF MIGRATION AND THE UK GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ... belonging to but also excluded from their host society and, because they are refugees, belonging to but also excluded from their country/society of origin.

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