Negotiating a Sense of Belonging: Immigrant and Refugee Children in a New School Environment in Canada
This study examines the schooling experiences of immigrant/refugee children in Canada and focuses on the ways they negotiate their identities in their new school environment.
International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.197-204.
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Lloydetta Quaicoe obtained her B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Her M.A. thesis focused on postcolonial theory and the rewriting of western texts by African playwrights.
Since 1998 she has worked on community development projects with immigrant/refugee families in the areas of language acquisition and adjustment to Canadian society in Newfoundland and Labrador. These projects include the design and implementation of a Multicultural Community Awareness Program (2005); workshops and publication of a resource book, ‘Our New-Found Land: Experiences of Immigrants and Refugees’ (2004); the development of a Kids’ Multicultural Website (2002); an exploratory study and publication on the ‘Psychosocial needs of immigrant and refugee school children’ and a brochure for educators on ‘Understanding children and youth new to Canada’ (2000).
Ms. Quaicoe serves on the national steering committee of the Canadian Coalition for Immigrant Children and Youth. She is one of the NGO representatives on the Program and Dissemination Committee and the Education Domain Committee of the Atlantic Metropolis Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration, Integration and Cultural Diversity. She volunteers as a community representative on the Macdonald Drive Elementary School Council and on the board of the Refugee Immigrant Advisory Council. From 2001 to 2005, she was president of the Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador and chair of the Advocacy Committee of the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada.
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