Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Experiences of Adolescent Refugee Students Who Attend Afterschool Programs for Literacy Support
by Filion, Analiza, Ed.D., San Jose State University, 2019, 113; 13899099
Abstract (Summary)

Studies on the academic achievement of refugee students cite continuous underachievement in literacy skills. Due to trauma from fleeing their countries of origin, limited school experiences, and language barriers, refugee students struggle with demonstrating progress in academic achievement. Learning challenges continue to take place when classroom teachers are not equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources to support students with their unique learning needs. Through the use of a documentary research method, this dissertation investigated the experiences of five adolescent refugee students who attended afterschool programs as an additional resource for developing literacy skills.This study also explored how students perceived safety within the afterschool program environment. Due to the limited studies available based on the viewpoint of the students, this study described the most helpful strategies based on the students’ perspectives. Culturally responsive and trauma-informed practices were used as the conceptual lens for this exploratory study. The documentary film Creating Safe Learning Spaces in Turbulent Times was created to illustrate the findings from the research. Caring tutors were identified as a key factor that contributed to students’ positive experiences in and perceptions of safe learning environments.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gliner, Robert
Commitee: Garcia, Carlos, Villegas, David
School: San Jose State University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: English as a Second Language, Pedagogy, Reading instruction
Keywords: Adolescent refugee youth, Culturally responsive practices, Literacy skills, Safe learning environments, Trauma informed practices, Undocumented
Publication Number: 13899099
ISBN: 9781085610285
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