Pilots in Sweden

School ethnography with unaccompanied minors is conducted in cooperation with our partners at the Linköping University. Ethnography is based on the grounding argument that, like all children, unaccompanied refugee children have resources and knowledge that need to be valued and cultivated to their own benefit.

In the pilot, the TRUST team aims to recognise the moments and social capabilities that young people themselves feel are formative in their education. The focus will also be on the role of other actors, such as previous teachers, other school staff, social workers, volunteer workers in free time, aid workers, peer-group relations, and familial ties. TRUST argues that in order to support belonging to an educational system and the feeling of ownership of one’s own education, the role of several social encounters outside the actual school premises have to be recognised and acknowledged.

Schedule: Spring 2017

Responsible researchers: Kristiina Korjonen-Kuusipuro and Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen

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