Educator Perspectives on the Social and Academic Integration of Syrian Refugees in Canada

Antoinette Gagne, Nadeen Al-Hashimi, Michelle Little, Morgan Lowen, Anoop Sidhu


Through a survey and interviews intended as a pilot for a larger study, we explored the perspectives of K-12 educators on the social and academic integration of refugees. The thematic analysis of the data reveals the complex and intersecting factors that impact their success in schools and the relative ability of Syrian children and youth to bridge the multiple worlds in which they live. The role of educators, peers, and family are highlighted as well as promising programs and practices that support the integration of refugee learners and their movement between different spheres.


Syrian refugees, educational integration, relationships

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