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Volume 4, Number 2 - October 2015


The complex needs of refugee background children in early childhood education: A brief review of the literature

This review of the literature on refugee background learners (RBLs) has been prompted by the recent crisis in Syria, and seeks to highlight important issues relevant to the successful transition of RBLs and their families into a new culture and learning environment. It includes a brief overview of the present situation in Syria and how the New Zealand Government has pledged to help by increasing the annual quota of refugees to accommodate Syrians currently displaced by civil war. The aim of this article is to distil from available literature the most significant factors affecting the successful transition of RBLs and their families into a new culture and learning environment. With a particular focus on the Aotearoa/New Zealand early childhood education (ECE) context, suggestions to facilitate the inclusion of RBLs within ECE will be made.

 

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