Schooling of Refugee Students from Ukraine in Austria and Its Risk for Creating Educational Inequity

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Abstract

Due to the unexpected outbreak of war in Ukraine and the resulting forced migration, access to education became an immediate priority for refugee children and youth. Against this backdrop, this study highlights school models of Ukrainian students and sheds light on the associated distribution of school resources using data from 14 problem-centered interviews with school personnel. Results indicate great diversity in the implementation of education for students from Ukraine. In addition, participants cited students’ motivation to learn, their social inclusion, and the double burden of attending two schools as the biggest challenges. The findings also suggest that more staff are needed to ensure that teachers can provide quality instruction to all learners. Moreover, must be encouraged in their belief that the placement of newly arrived students in mainstream classes needs to be promoted. The results are discussed in terms of their potential impact on educational inequity in Austria as well as policy and practical implications.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Language, Identity & Education
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Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2023

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 503034 Inclusive education

Keywords

  • Language support
  • newly arrived learners
  • refugee students

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