Sojourner parents’ perspectives on their children’s adaptation processes during their first year in the UK
Pinter, Annamaria (2010) Sojourner parents’ perspectives on their children’s adaptation processes during their first year in the UK. Working Paper. Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K..Full text not available from this repository.
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Higher education in the UK is becoming more and more international and internationalised and an increasing number of student-parents bring along their families to live in the UK during their period of post-graduate study. Whilst a great deal of research has targeted adult international students as sojourners, no research to date has focussed on the experiences of their children as accompanying sojourners placed in UK primary schools. This study aims to begin to fill a gap by reporting on the perceptions of four parents who were interviewed about their children’s experiences of settling down in local schools reflecting on the first year of stay. The results indicate that despite our initial expectations that child sojourners would have largely positive experiences, there is a great deal of variability with regard to the difficulties these children experience and the ways in which they cope. The most frequent factors that parents identified as essential for successful sojourner child adaptation included: (1) interpersonal resources to establish friendships, (2) an inclusive/ welcoming environment and (3) education related coping strategies. The discussion compares and contrasts the four children’s experiences according to these themes. Implications for sojourner families, host universities and host schools are raised and a plea is made for further research.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for Applied Linguistics|
|Publisher:||Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick|
|Place of Publication:||University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K.|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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